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 #863

La Double vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique)
(Krzysztof Kieslowski; 1991)


J.M. said...

One of those films I feel in every fiber of my being. I'll never forget the first time I saw this, especially this shot, so staggeringly clear after that almost impressionistic opening sequence.

Gary Potts said...

I've been coming to this site for about a year. The combinations, the connectedness of it wonderful. Thanks, keep it up.
Joan is the best!

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Ryland Walker Knight said...

I like how the image looks like it's tearing (both verbs). Ya know? A truly phenomenal film.