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

Artists in Action #511


Jean-Luc Godard checks out the latest issue of La Cause du peuple,
hot off the presses.

5 comments :

anon said...

The single worst hack in the history of the world. Ever see the ruinously juvenile "Sympathy for the devil". The guy should have offed himself there and then.

Kreisler said...

The single greatest director in the history of the world. Ever see the brilliantly sly 'Pierrot le Fou'? We should all offer thanks and praise.

Fred said...

...and if you go handing out pictures of Chairman Mao/you ain't gonna make it with anyone, anyhow...

patricio lopez said...

I second the anon comment... the whole "look at me how smart I am" thing he does of quoting from different movies, books, etc, gets transparently tiresome very early in his career... he challenged a lot of asumptions of how narrative films ought to be done I'll give him that, but his movies genereally leave me cold... they are showy hyperintelligent essays disguised as stories, done by an overanxious bright 13 year old... I'd rather have Turffauts romanticism over his intellectual pyrotechnics anytime...

ALTCERF said...

You're right about Pierrot, Kreisler..Band of Outsiders is one of my favs too..BTW Criterion will be releasing MAde In USA and 2 or 3 things I know About her mid july this year..