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 #406


The Boy with Green Hair
(Joseph Losey; 1948)

7 comments :

Steve Kostelecky said...

Seems to me they used to show this movie on television around Easter time. Same with the Wizard of Oz. Don't know the significance and can't always trust my memory, but I do remember the movie being a big part of my childhood mythology, along with The Next Voice You Hear.

Christopher said...

I've heard of this movie all my life..yet have never seen it..Isn't Robby the Robot in it?..and how does he fit in??
The Next Voice you Hear I have seen,but not in years...crazy stuff that one..

Guillaume Lanfray said...

And please don't let on that the kid who played The Boy With Green Hair would be lip-syncing a Roy Orbison song in a David Lynch film 40 years later!

vibrocount said...

Robby the Robot was not in this film. He only was in two movies: Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy. This is a poetic anti-war film.

capewood said...

I chanced on this movie many years ago on late night TV. It is a great little film.

Christopher said...

oh yeah..Invisible Boy is what I'm thinking of..

Richard Gibson said...

I missed seeing this on the big screen as part of the Losey retrospective and still to this day haven't seen it.