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

Seminal Image Friday #6:
Frames Within the Frame (Part Four)

(Richard A. Colla; 1972)

Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa...
(Sandra of a Thousand Delights)
(Luchino Visconti: 1965)

Single Room Furnished
(Matt Cimber; 1968)

The Hoodlum Priest
(Irvin Kershner; 1961)

The Street With No Name
(William Keighley; 1948)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
(John Cassavetes; 1976)

The Left Handed Gun
(Arthur Penn; 1958)

Pete Kelly's Blues
(Jack Webb; 1955)

Rock-a-Bye, Baby
(Frank Tashlin; 1958)

Lonesome Ghosts
(Burt Gillet; 1937)

Fahrenheit 451
(François Truffaut; 1966)

Jailhouse Rock
(Richard Thorpe; 1957)

London in the Raw
(Nat Cohen and Arnold N. Miller; 1964)

Three Violent People
(Rudolph Maté; 1956)

Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession
(Nicolas Roeg; 1980)

Pay or Die
(Richard Wilson; 1960)

The Man Who Loved Women
(Blake Edwards; 1983)

Vladimir et Rosa
(Groupe Dziga Vertov; 1970)

Explicit Ills
(Mark Webber; 2008)

Im Lauf der Zeit
(Kings of the Road)
(Wim Wenders; 1976)

Neulovimye mstiteli
(The Elusive Revengers)
(Edmond Keosayan; 1966)

(Clint Eastwood; 1973)

Le lit de la vierge
(The Virgin's Bed)
(Philippe Garrel; 1969)

Chelsea Girls
(Andy Warhol; 1966)

Sunset Blvd.
(Billy Wilder; 1950)


swac said...

For some strange reason, Rock-a-Bye Baby is only available as a UK import (along with The Geisha Boy). Wonder what gives?

(And Visit to a Small Planet and Way, Way Out only in Germany.)

Jeremy Richey said...

Wonderful, just wonderful.

Kreisler said...

Fantastic - Killing of a Chinese Bookie frame has that same narrowing paranoia as the corridor at the end of Taxi Driver. In fact Gazzarra would have made a good alternative to Keitel in the movie.

Ryland Walker Knight said...

The Berto pout, always

Vanwall said...

As ever, a wonderful waterfall of images - nice work, Tom!

Christopher said...

I'd love to have a copy of Rock-a-Bye Baby..I'd totally forgotten about that film till I saw that pic..It was run quite frequent on TV in the old days..There ought to be a Frank Tashlin box out!!

Kate B said...

I really love these posts. They are my favorites.

Mr DeBakey said...

It just so happens that I borrowed a copy of Bad Timings from the Library this week.

I hadn't watched it in decades.


So what did she see in him?
Her doom?

swac said...

Found a relatively inexpensive copy of Rock-a-Bye Baby on DVD from Australia.

(In fact, the shipping was as much as the disc.)