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

Adventures in European Filmmaking #49


On the set of The Passenger, Maria Schneider stares ahead and Jack Nicholson hangs his head low, humming one of the five easy pieces for piano he knows, while Michelangelo Antonioni gives the two direction down to the last detail. Jack asks Maria, "What'd he just say?" She responds, "Drive, he said."

2 comments :

Fred said...

And let me guess, they had Iggy Pop's The Passenger on the 8-track? (

And before anybody busts me for posting an anacronism, I am aware that the Passenger film was made in 1975 while the Passenger song wasn't released until 1977).

Greg said...

Fred, the Passenger film was made in... oh, wait, nevermind.