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 #7


Trans-Europ-Express
(Alain Robbe-Grillet; 1966)

3 comments :

Riley said...

I have never seen this one. But, perhaps I will soon - the Wexner Center in Columbus will show it on the 19th along with Immortal Woman.

Richard Gibson said...

Same here, never seen it. Would like to. Is it any good does anyone know?

Cinebeats said...

Fantastic movie! I suspect it will get a DVD release in the states soon since it's currently playing at repertory theaters along with other Alain Robbe-Grillet films. There seems to be a sudden interest in director's work now that he's dead.