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 #385

In a Lonely Place
(Nicholas Ray; 1950)


Vanwall said...

Holy Crap - that giant Bogie head, it'' the one in "Zardoz"!!! Run, little Gloria, run, there's a Webley-Fosbery round lookin' for ya, with yer name on it!

Peter Nellhaus said...

What's Bogie doing with Gloria Grahame's lipstick?

Christopher said...

thats more lipstick than the Creature from the Black Lagoon!

swac said...

For Bogie, it'd be The Creature from the Black Legion.

Christopher said...

ha! cousin and me are always making fun of the way they heap gobs of ruby red on 'ol Gillius Maximus in the old color Creature posters and lobbies....They got bogie! much more Eddie G. Robinson!?..

Richard Gibson said...

Vanwall said it!

Wow, what a different poster for a great film.