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

When Legends Gather # 377
They Were Collaborators #440

Jean Pierre Leaud, Jeanne Moreau, Bernadette Lafont and Jean Eustache at the Cannes Film Festival to promote 'La Maman Et La Putain' on 18th May 1973.


joel. said...

What an amazing film (& cast). How is it that Eustache films have not been released on DVD yet?? Hopefully Criterion will do something about that. I'd love to see Mes petites amoureuses.

swac said...

They recently had a Eustache retrospective at Eastman House in Rochester, I think from new prints (hopefully presaging an upcoming DVD transfer...)

jacquefrost said...

count me in on a DVD release!!!
maybe with all the hoopla about the 68 riots in france someone will make the "coinnection"...

The All-Seeing Eye, Jr. said...

Appallingly, Eustache's pictures aren't on DVD even in France! (But if you root around you might be able to find The Mother & the Whore in its old two-volume VHS release.)