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

Visionary Film #26

The Manster
(George P. Breakston/Kenneth G. Crane; 1959)


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H. P. L. said...

You mean it's not from Army of Darkness????

Fred said...

Half-man, half-monster! I used to love to watch this one on Creature Features as a kid.

nestmeister said...

Slight link to the Gilda Radner picture posted recently...

In the compilation film 'It Came From Hollywood' (also with John Candy, Dan Ackroyd and Cheech & Chong) I do believe it is Gilda who quips over this scene from Manster, in the character of a little girl:

"He has a little eyeball on his shoulder, like a little pal"

It Came From Hollywood was cheap and easy meat, but there are some great clips in it. Well worth searching out. 'Black Belt Jones' became the stuff of legend among my friends in 1988. I think the old VHS copy still gets passed around as an offering to appease the Gods of Blaxpoitation and 70s Kung Fu.