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 #336


Manhattan Melodrama
(W.S. Van Dyke; 1934)

4 comments :

Brent McKee said...

John Dillinger never saw another picture like it. (Come on, you knew someone was going to say it.)

swac said...

I was going to say it was a "killer-dillinger"...two slugs up!

R.H. said...

When I was a kid watching westerns the baddies had thick dark moustaches. In romantic films they had thin dark moustaches, and they were the most frightful cads too. I don't think Dillinger had a mo at all, but the brothel madam who sold him out probably did. You can never trust a brothel madam, they're just one rung up from clairvoyants.

swac said...

Yeah, Dillinger had a 'stache.