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

Visionary Film #4

The Fury
(Brian DePalma; 1978)

(furious thanks to Ryland Walker Knight of Vinyl is Heavy for this image)


Ryland Walker Knight said...

More than happy to throw some fun your way, my man. It's easily my favorite De Palma, and not just because Johnny boy is in it (in pieces), but because it's so much about, yes, looking and directing and making images come alive. Plus, light bulbs be poppin in the wake...

Natasha Yar-Routh said...

Visionary? Please it was a boring, badly plotted and predictable mess. He used the 30 second exploding body sequence, shot from every possible angle, to pad out what seemed to be the last 10 minutes of the film. DePlama has made a career of recycling scenes from is betters. A notable example is his rip off of Eisenstein's 'Odessa Stairs' sequence in 'The Untouchables'. DePalma is a badly overrated and wholly derivative film maker.

Tom Sutpen said...

I lean more toward Ryland's view of The Fury than yours, Natasha (way more, in fact), but I think you're misconstruing what the 'Visionary Film' series is about. If you take a quick glance at the other entries you'll see a pattern establish itself rather quickly.

(and you're right, Monsieur Ry. Johnny-boy gets blowed-up real good. Thanks again!)