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 #398

Sands of Iwo Jima
(Allan Dwan; 1949)


Tempest said...


HAHAHAHA This FAKE with his patriotic big mouth....He never served a day in the military during WWII. Only 'Japanese' he 'killed' were Mexican, Chinese and Filipino's dressed in costumes.

The Duck could have served but he worked stealthily to keep the home fires burning...
John Ford saw through this clown. But needed him and they were drinking buddies.

As for Sabu -the Hollywood actor in 'KIM' and 'The Thief in Baghdad' -born in India-Sabu served as a gunner in an American B-24 in the Pacific.

Vladimir Estragon said...

I don't understand. Did Wayne kill Sabu in 'Sands of Iwo Jima?'

Tom Sutpen said...

Not on camera . . .