The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Cinema #282

The Pirate
(Vincente Minnelli; 1948)


Laurent Delpit said...

Thank you for sharing those great pics and posters :o)


Tom Sutpen said...


You're entirely welcome!

Iron Chef Kosher! said...

Gene Kelly was NEVER sexier than in "The Pirate", and, given Gene Kelly (don't we all wish we could have been?), that's saying a LOT!

r.j. said...

Iron Chef,
You're so right on the money! Just about my all-out favorite Metro musical -- I never tire of watching. Erotic,exotic, sensual, sexual, and an all-out romp all at the same time!