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 #300


Touch of Evil
(Orson Welles; 1958)

6 comments :

Vanwall said...

The best poster for this movie ever! I love this film - it crackles.

swac said...

Yeah, foreign posters often capture the essence of a film better than the official U.S. artwork. I've got a Belgian poster for Treasure of the Sierra Madre that I prefer to the original.

SomeNYGuy said...

How great was Orson Welles? So great that despite Heston's miscasting and baseball-bat-up-the-rectum performance, Touch of Evil is a superb film.

swac said...

You could say Heston's miscast, but on the other hand, with all the weird turns by McCambridge, Weaver, Dietrich and Welles himself, along with pretty much everyone else in the cast, you kinda need someone stolid like Heston in there to ground the picture. I often wonder who else could have handled the task....Ricardo Montalban?

blankemon said...

I think Heston is pretty perfect in the part. The whole stiff, lantern jaw thing is what Welles wanted and got. It's a perfect contrast with Welles' Hank Quinlan.

boris barnet said...

this is a Belgian poster too: bi-lingual in french + dutch