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 #27

Reflections in a Golden Eye - John Houston - Sepia
Reflections in a Golden Eye
(John Huston; 1967)


MichaelRyerson said...

Houston? nah.

Richard Gibson said...

Apologies for the spelling error Michael. I corrected it now and thanks for pointing it out.

MichaelRyerson said...

No problem, Richard, I make em all the time. The quality of this website being what it is, it's hardly a criticism to point out the occasional (and rare) error. Stop by every day.

Richard Gibson said...

Thank you for the nice feedback Michael, appreciated.

Tommy O'C said...

Eerie photo. I read the book but have never got around to viewing the movie.

Richard Gibson said...

I caught a really crackly sepia print in the 'Filmoteca Espanola' in Madrid, which was where I first saw it. One of the more interesting cinema experiences I've had.

The film was in English but it had been subtitled twice.