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 #911

We Were Strangers
(John Huston; 1949)


Peter Nellhaus said...

Jennifer Jones should have made more films with her and guns.

Richard Gibson said...

I've never seen this but want to after seeing this image, looks intriguing.

Vanwall said...

Garfield had the perfect face for the chiaroscuro of noirish B&W.

Chris said...

Talk about coincidences! I JUST watched this film on tv today! Not a particlularly good film but it was interesting enough just for the political story it had to tell. Mecxico around 1933 overthrowing dictatorship. Favorite scene? Jennifer Jones mowing down some Mexican Gestapo like police with a machine gun!

SteveHL said...

I haven't seen this for about 30 years, but surely it's set in Cuba, not Mexico, isn't it?