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 #376


Experiment in Terror
(Blake Edwards; 1962)

5 comments :

swac said...

I used to have a beautiful three-sheet poster of this. One day it just disappeared from my front hallway...

Christopher said...

wouldn't mind seeing this one again..It used to get alot of airplay in days before cable..Nothing great..but some good San Francisco flavor

Peter L. Winkler said...

The film benefits from the wonderful main title theme from Henry Mancini. Both ominous ad beautiful yet fairly spare, it is one of his very best pieces of film music.

Cinebeats said...

Never seen this, but I want to!

Steve C. said...

Don Drysdale figures prominently in the ending. Things can get better than that, but they often don't.