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 Golden Age of Publicity #21

Robert Mitchum struggles with man's dual nature in this publicity still for the United Artists release, The Night of the Hunter (1955)


Joe said...

fantastic movie! fantastic actor!

erik hogstrom said...

I love that film. It plays like a lyrical nightmare.

Hans Gruber said...

Good! Evil!

Larry Aydlette said...

Is it just me, or does he sort of look like Frank Gorshin as the Riddler?

nancy dunlap said...

picture two kids on a boat, on the river, mom dead on the bottom with riverweed hair.