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 #375


Hysteria
(Freddie Francis; 1965)

5 comments :

Peter Nellhaus said...

I never got to see this, but for some reason, I remember seeing the preview at the movies.

Flickhead said...

The woman in the illustration was patterned after Cyd Charisse in Two weeks in Another Townclick here.

Vanwall said...

Like all "good" pulp covers or posters, out of which this has obviously sprung from the forehead of a bad-girl paperback, it's a nifty collection of swipes, and lurid colors that hammer into your head, (ya like that? - couldn't resist, sorry) that any green-for-danger-faced shmoe is just more fodder for another blonde doomster. This rivals some of the legendary Cine del Oro ones for immediacy and compact action - hell, the whole movie is already over by the time you've walked past this in the lobby, into the hazy theater and gotten uncomfortable in the squeaky seats. Make sure you and your girl are in the back row, it'll make more entertainment than the film, no doubt.

swac said...

Wow, a film actually starring Robert Webber, will wonders never cease.

That blonde with the gun looks more like Phyllis Diller...

R.H. said...

That's well spotted, Flickhead.