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 #353


The Set-Up
(Robert Wise; 1949)

5 comments :

Richard Gibson said...

Great film.

Hans Gruber said...

Awesome picture. Look for the DVD, witha a Scorsese/Wise commentrack.

Kreisler said...

Robert Ryan's best. Robert Wise's best as well altho to be fair he did have The Sound of Music coming out 15 years later.

Hans Gruber said...

Disagree: I still can't stand Sound of Music, but Wise also made great movies like The Haunting (a personal fav), The Day The Earth Stood Still, Audrey Rose and The Andromeda Strain.

swac said...

Born to Kill. End of argument.