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 #388

(Stanley Donen; 1963)


swac said...

Great design, is it an actual Saul Bass or just a bastardization of his style (like the Vertigo design)?

The circles were used on the Criterion DVD cover, but don't appear on the North American one-sheet (although they do show up on a later one-sheet plugging a double bill of Charade and Father Goose).

Tommy O'C said...

It's not listed among his credits on IMDB.