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 #403

Some Came Running
(Vincente Minnelli; 1958)


Kreisler said...

Some Came Running received belated recognition in the UK this year with an extended run at the BFI. It's a fantastic melodrama worth seeing just for the camerawork of the opening sequence alone of Sinatra ('Dave's back in town!) returning to his home town.

Richard Gibson said...

Agree with Kreisler, I saw it on the big screen at BFI, it was wonderful in a new print and all the more of a delight as I hadn't seen it nor read anything about it.