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 #322


All Fall Down
(John Frankenheimer; 1961)

5 comments :

R.H. said...

Some big names there.

I've never heard of the movie.

SomeNYGuy said...

You're not missing much. Imagine a character named "Berry-Berry" and everyone else repeating that idiotic name over and over and over again...

estiv said...

It's always interesting to look at post-Code, pre-sexual revolution movie advertising when sex is part of the theme. The woman in the upper right corner looks like she's well on her way to an orgasm, but there's nothing sexually explicit in the image.

Ann O'Dyne said...

I will always be fond of Frankenheimer for putting Francoise Hardy in denim on the beach at the start and finish of Grand Prix only a few years after Berry-Berry.
It's nice to be reminded that 'Jessica Fletcher' of murder She Wrote, was once hot enough to co-star with Mr What's new Pussycat? himself.
Rather fond of Wazzer - especially in Bugsy.

SomeNYGuy said...

"It's nice to be reminded that 'Jessica Fletcher' of murder She Wrote, was once hot enough to co-star with Mr What's new Pussycat? himself."

Ummm ... she was playing his mother! Eva Marie Saint was the "hottie" in the film (and the poster.)