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 #838

Alice in Wonderland
(Jonathan Miller; 1966)


ripley said...

such a sexy movie

Robert Fiore said...

I have a theory that every Jonathan Miller production will have one disastrous bit of miscasting, and the young lady in the photograph was it for Alice in Wonderland. (See also Roger Daltrey as MacHeath in The Beggars' Opera.) Other than that, great production design, great use of music, and a phenomenal cast, though one suspects that the all star approach really doesn't suit the Alice books as much as people think.