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 #872

The Wild Bunch
(Sam Peckinpah; 1969)


David said...

Just saw this last night for the Nth time. This is the point in the story where Holden silently says "Fuck it" and Borgnine silently agrees. Ben Johnson and Warren Oates may not be sure, but they signed on the dotted line a long time ago, and cant back out.

A stunning beautiful movie. One of the most Well-Casted movies ever.

A Human On Earth said...

This isn’t Sleepless In Seattle - this is real guys movie. All about living by your wits, chasing women, drinking booze, robbing, killing and just ignoring all that is decent in general.

I like this movie for so many reasons of cinematic execution, great casting and excellent writing. The Wild Bunch delivers images of what it used to mean to be a guy.

One fun scene is while on the trail they pass the whisky bottle around and one guy just doesn’t get his shot. Fucking with one of the boys – just for the fun of it. You would have had to have been a regular guy at some point in your life to think that one up.