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

Adventures in American Filmmaking #102

Today's Adventure: On the set of Two Mules for Sister Sara, Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood listen patiently to Shirley MacLaine (1970)


H. P. L. said...

Despite two magnificent actors and a magnificent director, this movie has always been a disappointment for me. The jokes didn't work, the action was slow, the final revelation I could see it coming from miles away. Wasted occasion IMHO.

swac said...

You left out the Ennio Morricone score...a minor film to be sure, but I enjoy the offbeat Eastwood/MacLaine chemistry here. I certainly enjoy it more now that I can see it in its proper form on DVD, compared to the faded, cropped prints of yore on local afternoon TV matinee shows.