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

Signs and Meaning in Cinema #13


Signs: Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter
(Yasuharu Hasebe; 1970)

4 comments :

swac said...

Nice choice! This film warps my fragile little mind.

Richard Gibson said...

It showed about a year or so ago here in London as part of a Wild Japan season, I missed it but saw some other good stuff. Is this worth seeing then?

Cinebeats said...

swac - Glad you like it!

Richard - I love the film and think it's well worth a look, but I'm fond of all the Yasuharu Hasebe's films that I've seen. He's become one of my my favorite Japanese directors in the past 5 or 6 years. If you haven't experienced a Hasebe film, you're in for a real treat!

Daniel Poeira said...

One of my favorite movies of all time. And the soundtrack... yummy!