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 #469

London After Midnight
(Tod Browning; 1927)


Christopher said...


Fred said...

So the only surviving print of one of the most sought after "lost" films is just hanging out with a bunch of film society geeks in Wichita?

Christopher said...

must be that elusive Blackhawk Films copy from the 70s :o))

VP81955 said...

Yep, Fred, and in a few weeks, I'm heading out to Wichita when the film society shows "Convention City."

timbwilliams said...

There is a fellow in Istanbul who sells "copies" of movies, and this title was on his most recent list. I have half a mind to ask him if its a joke, or if its the TCM "stills restoration," or if its supposedly genuine.