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 #354

Side Street
(Anthony Mann; 1950)


Kreisler said...

See also T Men and Raw Deal for Anthony Mann's other, excellent, fate-dropping-stuff-in-lap thrillers

Hans Gruber said...

Almost every Mann movie is out now on DVD! That´s soooo good!

swac said...

Now...where's a restored Black Book/Reign of Terror? (The Alpha Video PD release is an abomination.)

Tom Sutpen said...

A few months back, Turner Classic Movies ran 'The Black Book', and I watched it, think they'd get hold of a decent print. Looked like they got it from an old VHS cassette. Pitiful.