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

Eric Rohmer Dead at 89

He was the oldest and . . . if one's filmmaking can indeed be received in the critical consciousness as a reflection of one's being . . . the best-mannered of that passel of young-ish non-Turks who represented the core of what time, tide and Criterion marketing reps (to name but three elemental forces) have labeled France's Nouvelle vague. And while his films could, with often exasperating frequency, leave one hungry for emanations less . . . civilized, there could never be any question of the man's dedication to Cinema, or his place in its wondrous and unsleeping concord.

Eric Rohmer has passed away at the age of 89. Much will be written in the next few days (though not by me); words of tribute that will emerge from every corner of the film blogosphere. Believe me, he was worth every syllable of them.


Pop9 said...

Yes, he was, and you managed to write much with just a few words.

Mademoiselle C. said...

He was a great man. A wonderful cineast..."Ma nuit chez Maud" learn to me what Cinéma is.

ilestcinqheures said...

... and Elli & Jacno learned me what a perfect pop song is in Les Nuits de la Pleine Lune...