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 Frame Within the Frame #3

The Manchurian Candidate
(John Frankenheimer; 1962)


Tempest said...

Aw man where do I begin?
There's so MUCH!

I put my head on the pillow on September 10, 2001 (and was awoken in the early morning in Hawaii by some exgirlfriend to 'turn on the TV) and woke up to [and still am in] Bizarro World.

You know at one time this movie was considered strange?
But think about the crap and the personalities the last 8 years

Sorry I'm trippin here.
Great movie.

Money quote:

"And Johnny will rise gallantly to his feet and lift Ben Arthur's body in his arms, stand in front of the microphones and begin to speak. The speech is short. But it's the most rousing speech I've ever read. It's been worked on, here and in Russia, on and off, for over eight years. I shall force someone to take the body away from him and Johnny will really hit those microphones and those cameras with blood all over him, fighting off anyone who tries to help him, defending America even if it means his own death, rallying a nation of television viewers to hysteria, to sweep us up into the White House with powers that will make martial law seem like anarchy"

I don't know how I'm going to keep seated for one hour before the flight lands if I have to go p**.

Bizarro World.

Tempest said...

This from the YouTube Forum on this movie.

"It's a creepy fact that this film came out just a year before JFK was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald...but even creepier is the fact that the two star roles in this film were played by Janet LEIGH and Laurence HARVEY"

estiv said...

...the two star roles in this film were played by Janet LEIGH and Laurence HARVEY...

However, Oswald the Rabbit did not have a part in the film. I think that settles it.

Tommy O'C said...

It was actually Harvey the Rabbit (as, ummm, we all know) and Tempest does make an eerie point, sophomoric retorts aside. Sinatra financed the movie but only after being urged by JFK, who loved the book.

estiv said...

Don't mean to get into a flame war, but here's the Wikipedia article on Oswald the Rabbit: Pretty well-known. And an eerie coincidence is still just a coincidence.

notanotherblog said...

YES! This movie is made of so much awesome.

There's also a few shots in the scene where you'd see the TV and Angela Lansbury and she looked nervous as hell.