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 Gunslinger Guide to Gordon Willis #1

from The Parallax View
(Alan J. Pakula; 1974)


TIM said...

The opening sequence was designed to mirror that of Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 assassination.

Tim said...

Gordon was a genius of the lens. Glad to see him get some props alongside the other greats here at this wonderful website. You could fill a whole series of his images from his Woody Allen collaborations alone (and for that matter, just the black and white films they did together).

Julie said...

Not quite as bootylicious as some of the other Gunslinger Guides To, but welcome nonetheless!