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 #316

What! No Beer?
(Edward Sedgwick; 1933)


Peter Nellhaus said...

What! No DVD?

swac said...

Trust me, we're better off without one.

Tom Sutpen said...

You think anyone at the time noticed that Keaton seemed to be . . . in a haze . . . throughout that film?

Vanwall said...

Is this like a typical TinTan poster from Mexico - the one sheet is waaaay better than the flick?

Tom Sutpen said...


They probably will release all the Keaton/Durantes eventually; probably in a box set. But I wouldn't say it was the best way to honor Keaton's legacy.

Tom Sutpen said...


It does have that TinTan vibe, now that you mention it. Added to which, Buster looks a lot less booze-addled in the poster than he does in the film itself.

swac said...

I have his MGM talkies on laserdisc.

Let's just say I'm glad they were on sale.

Birch said...

Poor Buster. Teamed up with Durante, I'd have stayed drunk too. Not that he needed any more excuses after losing the studio and the kids.