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 #918


Dutchman
(Anthony Harvey; 1967)

4 comments :

C. Jerry Kutner said...

Shirley Knight's greatest performance, and hardly anyone's seen it.

H. P. L. said...

What constantly amazes me about this series is the sheer power of the images.
I didn't know anything about this movie, and this still alone forced me to go hunting for it.
It's on YT in its entirety, apparently. However, this is one DVD I'll be picking up (mainly because I shall need subtitles, could not crack 60s slang...).

Tommy O'C said...

It has a nightmarish quality to it.

pal shazar said...

i have wanted to see this for such a long itme. anyone know where a copy can be purchased?