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 Gunslinger Guide to Julie Christie #1

15 comments :

Marshall P. Smith said...

This looks like its going to be a great new catogory!

blankemon said...

This is a series I can thoroughly get behind.

Testify said...

Has Mr Gibson ever told you 'bout the time he saw JC at the BFI? He will, oh he will....

Tom Sutpen said...

Matter'a fact he has . . . and I have envied him ever since.

swac said...

Again the timing is perfect, I just started watching a recent series about British cinema on Wednesday, and the first episode is about romantic films with a hefty dollop of the show devoted to Ms. Christie (with clips of Far From the Madding Crowd set to the Kinks' Waterloo Sunset).

There was also a great segment on David Lean's overlooked The Passionate Friends (from an H.G. Wells novel) which I've yet to see. Anyone got a copy?

Lex10 said...

Eno-banger

swac said...

British Film Forever, that's the series title. It's thematic rather than chronological, but interesting for some of the films it chooses to highlight.

Vanwall said...

Brilliant addition!

Tommy O'C said...

Yummy!

Kreisler said...

SWAC - The Passionate Friends is great. Ann Todd is a kind of proto Julie Christie in it.

Timmy said...

Here, my dear, allow me to moisten your parched lips...

Tempest said...

Daahhh-Ling!

swac said...

Kreisler, that's exactly the point this docu was making. I guess the Lean film came out as part of a box set a while ago, but isn't in print anymore. Amazon.co.uk can probably help me out...

pal shazar said...

another example of the meaning 'forget about it.'

MichaelRyerson said...

Now that's one great face.