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

Adventures in European Filmmaking #43

Today's Adventure: On the set of Once Upon a Time in America, Sergio Leone instructs extras on proper decorum in Opium dens. (1982)


jimkitt said...

One of my favorite movies. I've watched it several times, the violence is extreme, but somehow fitting for the story being told.

The musical score also is great.

A said...

Great film indeed, but one of the scenes really left me with a queasy feeling that did not go away.

Tom Sutpen said...

If it's the one I'm thinking of . . . same here.

On another note: Legend has it that Arnon Milchan and Rafaella Leone (Sergio's daughter) are working on a 4 1/2 hour 'Director's Cut' of Once Upon a Time in America, supposedly to surface in the not too distant future.

Sounds interesting, I say.

jimkitt said...

That would be great Tom. Please keep us informed if you hear of any further news on the directors cut.

BabbaZee said...

one of my favorite films of all time

BTW the photos here are just great

nice blog