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

Movie Directors and the Means of Production #6

Movie Director: Alain Resnais
Means: Camera
Production: Stavisky (1974)

1 comment :

Loyolalaw98 said...

Professor Hubert Dreyfus uses "Hiroshima mon amour" in his Existentialism class at UC Berkeley. I've listened to the free podcasts and haven't heard him reference Alain Resnais by name, but he has said the movie captures the "essence" of Existentialism. That could come from Marguerite Duras, of course, the screenwriter.