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 #329

Invisible Stripes
(Lloyd Bacon; 1939)


Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Thanks for this image, by the way -- I put it to good use in my movie database.

swac said...

Isn't this title due for release in the next set of Warner Gangster DVDs?

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

"You are correct, sir!" Along with The Little Giant (1933), Larceny, Inc. (1942), The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) and Kid Galahad (1937).

Zoe said...

This Poster has pretty much the same design as a Stage fright poster. almost, just not red, yellow. and of course with different faces in the mid. lol