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 #343

Brewster McCloud
(Robert Altman; 1970)


Richard Gibson said...

Not Altman's best but a reasonably interesting curio IMO.

Crazy car chase in the middle as I recall...

Lex10 said...

Y'know I really hate Robert Altman's style, methods, and body of work.
M*A*S*H, maybe....
Popeye.... a case where the methodology of just turning on the f$%^king camera and letting everybody go nuts might've worked, (thanks to the Fleischer's brilliant mise en scene and dialogue structure) but still fell short.
I think sometimes artists have a racket going - like William Wegman - and they trot that naked emperor out every chance they get.

May he rest in peace.

estiv said...

Y'know I really hate Robert Altman's style, methods, and body of work.

So--he left a big impression on you, just like he did with the rest of us.


Ann O'Dyne said...

I saw it the year it was released ... and the car of the Sally Kellerman character had registration BRD SHT.

I loved that Popeye film

"can I get you a hamburger?"
"no, get me a soupburger, these are hard times"

Julie said...

Bud Cort is my hero. He replied to a fan-type letter I wrote him in the early 80's.

And Altman is great.

lump516 said...

Great poster, lousy movie. Altman's best work was on movies with scripts and producers who could force him to STICK to the script.

swac said...

I know it's not even close to being a good movie, but I still get a perverse kick out of this batshit (or rather, bird shit) crazy movie making it through the studio system.

Would've liked to have been at that Houston Astrodome premiere.