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 #401

Man's Castle
(Frank Borzage; 1933)


mernitman said...

reportedly still unavailable on DVD?

swac said...

I've never come across it, not even in grey market (which doesn't mean it's not out there).

I wish early '30 Columbias weren't so darn tricky to get ahold of. I'd love a DVD set with Blood Money, Ladies of Leisure, The Miracle Woman and so on.

swac said...

Oops, I guess The Miracle Woman did come out in a box set with Bitter Tea of General Yen, Golden Boy, Lady Eve, Double Indemnity and All I Desire.

If only they could have left off Eve and DI and included some other previously unavailable gems...

Vanwall said...