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 #992

Sometimes a great notion
Sometimes a Great Notion (aka Never Give an Inch)
(Paul Newman; 1970)


Robert Fiore said...

An anti-union story as a tribute to individualism by Ken Kesey the Acid Test guy -- I have to admit that at the time that confused the hell out of me.

JonCow said...

This movie had the ideal cast -- Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Richard Jaekel, Lee Remick, but the production ran into trouble and Newman fired director George Roy Hill and completed the project himself. An indication of the "Hollywoodization" of the novel is the decision to change the name from "Some times a Great Notion" (the same as the novel) to "Never Give A Inch" (sic) which just confused people.
Richard Jaekel's death scene was truly heart-breaking.

Tempest said...

Saw it when it first came out. It's a good movie. More ensemble acting rather than one star above all. The Stamper family pretty much ate their young with their defiance.
Sad ending-at least to me.

I roughly remember Paul Newman's line in this scene.
He's cutting the desk in half because he believes the union firebombed his logging truck.

"This can't replace that truck-but this makes me feel a whole lot better."

Tommy O'C said...

Enormously underrated movie. Lots of great moments. And it ain't on DVD. Can't remember the last time it was shown on cable (the premium channels, anyway). Jaeckel's death scene was truly disturbing. They changed the title for the same reason producers traditionally change titles--the movie bombed and they hoped a name-change would turn it around. So "Ace in the Hole" became "The Big Carnival," for example.

Kerry said...

I'm dying to see this film but it's not in print! I read the book last year and it was AMAZING.

tomservo56954 said...

The original title and Tommy O'C comment about "the premium channels" came together...SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION was the first movie shown on Home Box Office when it debuted in the fall of 1972 (in a few hundred households of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania).