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 #309


Blood Money
(Rowland Brown; 1933)

4 comments :

swac said...

Fox has done well by its film noir catalogue, but they need to get on the bandwagon with its pre-codes.

(Same goes for you, Columbia.)

Tom Sutpen said...

At least you can see some of the Fox pre-codes on television (the Fox Movie Channel, to be precise); the Columbias are nowhere to be found.

Now that I think of it, TCM is supposedly running Frank Borzage's Man's Castle in the coming weeks.

Hey, at least it's a start.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

I saw this one for the very first time a week or so ago...completely knocked my socks off.

I've got Man's Castle penciled in, too.

swac said...

Damn this living in Canada...at least I've got decent bootlegs of Ladies of Leisure and The Story of Temple Drake (although that's a Paramount, I believe).