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

Seminal Image #827

The Passionate Friends
(David Lean; 1949)


Richard Gibson said...

I just saw this today on the big screen - excellent!

Tom Sutpen said...

Yo, Richard..

I've never understood why this film isn't rated more highly in the Lean canon; except, perhaps, for the tendency some have to see his career as one continuous, uninterrupted trajectory from Coward to Dickens to . . . The Epic.

In that context, pictures like this one and Madeleine don't quite fit, does they.

Richard Gibson said...

After seeing it I'm inclined to agree. The scene with the theatre tickets and the dictation is just superb.

This restoration is incredible, first rate. They've done a great job and although it is playing on a small screen, from what I can make out performances are close to sell out.