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

Signs and Meaning in Cinema #32


Meaning: Two for the Road
(Stanley Donen; 1967)

3 comments :

Wellwynder said...

The tax disc expires in January 1960, yet Albert's hair is unmistakeably 1967.

Christopher said...

hold on to that hat lady..its about to be snatched off a yo haid...

David said...

@Wellwynder - the tax disc is actually a smart bit of detail work: the still is from a flashback scene to when Albert & Audrey's character were young and in love.