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 #898


The Music Lovers
(Ken Russell; 1970)

8 comments :

Bob Probst said...

Calling Dr. Freud!

swac said...

This is my rifle, this is my gun...this one's for fighting, this one's for the 1812 Overture.

swac said...

Wonder why this isn't available on DVD...surely it's not a music rights issue...?

estiv said...

Wonder why this isn't available on DVD...surely it's not a music rights issue...?

I think it's because studio executives still run in terror from Ken Russell and all his works. We're lucky he had the chance to make the films he did.

thombeau said...

A great film!

swac said...

I could do with a box set of this, The Devils (uncut), the director's cut of The Boy Friend and a restored Billion Dollar Brain (the available version has some pop music cues removed, I think). Doesn't MGM control all of those?

swac said...

Oops, I think The Devils was Warner Bros. So a double feature of that and Lisztomania would suffice.

almadora said...

where, o where is the 'big dick edition' box set of ken russell's films? ALL of them? (yes, including 'lisztomania.') the man is THE Master, and after all these years, one of the most daring filmmakers of the past century. he doesn't get the recognition he deserves. ken, i am devoted to you, entirely.