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 #14

Movie Director: Richard Quine
Means: Klieg light, sunglasses, actors
Production: The Notorious Landlady (1962)


Celestine said...

Ho HO HO :)

lutefisk said...

Please note: two days ago, Mario Monicelli died, at age 95. He jumped from a fifth-floor balcony of the hospital where he was being treated for prostate cancer, in Rome. He truly deserves a post on this blog. Monicelli was one of the greatest italian directors - the father of the "commedia all'italiana" genre - and a great man indeed. If you love cinema, and you'd like to know Italy, you must know his movies. Here is the obituary of the New York Times: