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 First Person You See #2


Bonasera (Salvatore Corsitto), The Godfather (d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)

6 comments :

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

I like this series!

Greg said...

Thanks, Kimberly! I wanted to make the first ones kind of clear but there are several others down the road (I started collecting screengrabs of the start of every movie I watch, I'm weird) where it's an extra or someone with one line but they're the first face or body seen.

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

I'm already hooked on grabbing film frames for "Visionary Film" "Signs and Meaning" and "Frame Within A Frame" so now I've got something also to obsess over (I'm weird too). way to go Greg!

estiv said...

Might I suggest The Magus? Not a very good movie, but the first line is delivered by John Fowles, author of the original novel, who is impersonating a Greek boatman. Not sure if his is the first face, though.

phil said...


Favorite series already. Thanks!

I suggest a series titled 'Dead Copycats,'
but the number may get astronomical. ;^)

Fred said...

"I believe in America."

One of the best first lines in the history of (sound) film.