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 #325

The Black Book
(Anthony Mann; 1949)


Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Nice poster! I saw this on TCM a while back and while it has its flaws *cough* Bob Cummings *cough* it's a must-see sleeper.

SomeNYGuy said...

Way to disguise a "period" melodrama! A quick glance might lead one to believe this was the ripped-from-the-headlines story of "Red Channels"!

swac said...

Great film, and I don't even mind Cummings that much. Glad I saw William K. Everson's 16mm print, and not the wretched PD DVD released by Alpha Video.