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 #886


The Fearless Vampire Killers
(Roman Polanski; 1967)

5 comments :

Jessica R. said...

This film has gotten an extra layer of sadness since a friend pointed out it's about Roman Polanski trying, and failing, to save Sharon Tate from a murderous cult.

Steven Augustine said...

Great moment when they try to stop a particular vampire with a crucifix and the vampire does a wry Yiddish shrug...

Fred said...

One of my favorite films of the 60s from one of my favorite directors. The images in this film look and feel like they jumped out of a fairy tale.

swac said...

Considering this film was made two years before the Manson murders, I wouldn't say it's about trying to rescue Tate, but I suppose you could read in some eerie similarities.

Tom Sutpen said...

You could (and a lot of people did) note similarities between the Tate murders and elements that popped up in Polanski's films more than once (we can start with horrible things happening to people in their own homes and go on from there). This isn't to suggest Polanski could be blamed for any of it, of course . . . and seeing as how Charles Manson expected Terry Melcher to still be living at Cielo Drive, you can't say the killers were making an ironic commentary on Polanski's work either. It's just this bizarre species of fate that's been chasing Polanski all his life, it seems.