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

Visionary Film #19


I tre volti della paura (The Three Faces of Fear/Black Sabbath)
(Mario Bava; 1963)

4 comments :

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

Great one!

Christopher said...

This was the one I always skipped in Black Sabbath, but since coming to DVD a few years back,The Telephone is slowly becoming my fave!..

swac said...

I love this segment too...it's been a while since I watched the English language version, but I don't remember it having the lesbian subtext of the Italian version.

Michelle Mercier certainly leaves a strong impression though.

Christopher said...

Michelle Mercier certainly helps matters..and its all very sensuous..But in its short time ,it builds real suspense and those Bava CoLoRs are no less dazzling..I haven't seen the English version in so long I honestly can't compare which is the best..I'm used to the Italian movie tho...even Karloff! :o))