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

Art of Cinema #466

Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment
(Karel Reisz; 1966)


JonCow said...

A remarkable, anti-establishment movie that I saw first at age 14 on late, late TV. It left a lasting impression. It amazes me that the same David Warner later played Jack the Ripper in "Time After Time" and Billy Zane's cruel valet in James Cameron's "Titanic."

Vanwall said...

One of my favorite 60s films! BTW, Congrats to the whole crew of Gunslingers on the Guardian piece, you're permanently fixed in pop culture!

Marshall Stacks said...

loved it when I saw it on the big screen in 1966 and have loved David Warner ever since. His vicar in The Ballad Of Cable Hogue is memorable as well.