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

Luis García Berlanga dead at 89

Luis García Berlanga

Thanks to my friend Olga for bringing this to my attention. It probably won't get widely reported in the British press. Here is the obituary from


Prisamata said...

Arguably, he and Buñuel are Spain's most important filmmakers.

A pity he's not much known by world film historians.

Francisco said...

Probably the best spanish filmaker ever...infinitelly better than the existing ones

Mycroft said...

Best spanish filmaker, very underrated...

Mycroft said...

His best film lost the oscar against Bergman. I hate Bergman since I noticed that.