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 #414


Thunder Road
(Arthur Ripley; 1957)

5 comments :

Mac said...

Whoa.....Whoa......

Mark Connolly said...

Rather than the obvious Springsteen reference (apparently he knew of the movie though its poster, but had not seen it when he wrote his song), I'll mention Mitchum's own recording "The Ballad of Thunder Road", in which his laid back delivery of the moonshine tale is supported by some hot pickin'.

Lex10 said...

....with the hard-to-believe Keeley Smith love interest.

Mac said...

... and the curious casting of Mitchum's son as his "younger brother."

Bill said...

"...thunder was his engine, white lightning was his load. There was thunder, thunder over Thunder Road."