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 #383


Hardcore
(Paul Schrader; 1979)

4 comments :

Christopher said...

"TURN IT OFF!...TURN IT OFF!"

Tommy O'C said...

I see a trend here. Connect the "Hardcore" dots...

Jeff said...

Great street shots of 70's SF

rookgaroo said...

Great footage of the seamier side of downtown San Diego, too. I used to drink in those bars when I was in the Navy. I was stationed on a carrier at NAS North Island. I missed seeing them film it because we were overseas at the time. But it was cool to watch that movie in a once-majestic old theater and then walk outside onto the same streets I had just seen on the big screen.