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 Frame Within The Frame #36

Atlantic City
(Louis Malle; 1980)


Greg said...

Being a stickler on the release date. Most associate it with 1981 (as do I) because that was the U.S. release but it was completed and released (in Europe) in 1980.

peterrocker said...

The Atlantic Ocean was something else back then

Greg said...

I love that line! Is there a better line in movie history to illustrate the subjective bias of nostalgia? I don't think so. The Atlantic ocean! Might as well say, "The moon? Boy, you missed it kid. The moon was really something back in the day."

James P. Walsh said...

One of the great pictures. I watch it regularly and it is always fresh and new.

John said...

"The lemons . . . "