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 #3


from The Godfather
(Francis Ford Coppola; 1972)

4 comments :

mister muleboy said...

thank you thank you thank you.

I'm such a dim bulb about film (ooooh; pretty picture) that I usually forget that there is a contematographer, or director of photography.


I just think a megalomaniac who's been given millions of dollars turns around and coughs up a finished film. . . .


This WIllis fella -- not bad.

-K- said...

Buffers? Yeah, the Family had a lot of buffers, Senator.

Tom Sutpen said...

God bless and keep Joe Spinell . . . wherever he is.

Fred said...

My thoughts exactly, Tom. This film gave Joe his big break, and he just ran with it.

And yes, it was one of the most incredible endings in film history. "Do you, Michael Corleone, renounce Satan?"