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 Art of Cinema #439

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese) for If Charlie Parker...posted by Richard Gibson
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
(Martin Scorsese; 1974)

6 comments :

Pop9 said...

Great movie!

michaelE said...

This was interesting in comparison with "A Woman Under the Influence" which came out the same year.

TIM said...

Not just your average chick flick,
it's a great movie to see to under-
stand the woman's perspective on how she feels about a man. Martin Scorcesi's second film after "Mean Streets."

Peter Yezukevich said...

Love this movie - only saw it for the first time recently. It's always a pleasant shock when a film that's flown under my radar for so long turns out to be so full of surprises and vitality. Shame about the series.

Tommy O'C said...

I know fans of Scorcese who wouldn't think of watching this movie. And that's a shame. Because it's really good.

Fred said...

This film makes you realize that Scorcese's career could have gone off in a completely different direction. Considering how some of his recent work seems to be almost a parody of himself (Cape Fear and Shutter Island, anyone?), it's a shame he doesn't try to use his influence to make another film like Alice again.