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 the Close-Up #1


Bonnie and Clyde
(Cinematographer: Burnett Guffey)
(Arthur Penn; 1967)

6 comments :

Timmy said...

Like he told ya, "Aint no lover-boy"

Tempest said...

Bonnie and Clyde -It's an attractive action packed movie. Yet after I saw 'Gun Crazy' 2 years ago I realized B&C was a rip-off right down to the beret worn by the female.

'Gun Crazy' check it out.

MichaelRyerson said...

Actually, the beret was historically correct, having appeared in many snapshots of Bonnie Parker, it therefore couldn't really be a rip-off of Gun Crazy.

Kreisler said...

The greatest look in all 60s cinema, reprised in Chinatown, never seen again.

Brooks said...

Anyone else think Ms. Dunaway's cheekbones and relative flatness of her face gives her an asian appearance?

Fred said...

I bet Arthur Penn didn't have the balls to yank out of one her hairs because it was out of place in the frame.