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 Cool Hall of Fame #163

Richard Lester


Jessica R. said...

A Funny Thing on Hulu, and I've been watching it on and off for a few days. It's a pocket full of cheer of a movie.

estiv said...

I first saw Help! when young, and it definitely changed my idea of what a movie could be. He made better movies (probably because he wasn't dealing with four intractable stars in those other movies), but at the time it was hugely influential.

Larry Aydlette said...

Great picture!