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 Art of Cinema #467

(William A. Seiter; 1933)


Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I love Wheeler and Woolsey! They are forgotten today. They shouldn't be.

swac said...

And this is probably their best film, like Duck Soup through the looking glass.

Christopher said...

Diplomaniacs,Duck soup-Marx's,Million Dollar Legs-WC Fields,The King's Vacation-George Arliss..What are some other political comedies of this type from this period?..

aldiboronti said...

I'm a recent convert, discovered them about a year ago. Seen all 23 of their movies now and I agree, this one is the funniest. Inspired lunacy from start to finish. They really do deserve to be better remembered.