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

Art of Cinema #472

Directed by RenĂ© (Night of the Bloody Apes) Cardona, this bizarre Mexican film imported in the U.S. by K. Gordon Murray was originally released in 1959 — and continued to play the weekend matinee circuit in North America (“Delighting children of all ages!”) every December until the early ‘80s.


swac said...

I just bought this in blu-ray.

The ho-ho-horror....the ho-ho-horror...

Flickhead said...

Santa Claus on Blu-ray?!? That's just... incredible!

The one Mexican import/matinees-only movie that struck me as truly odd was The Tinder Box, which I haven't seen since the 60s.

swac said...

Yep, VCI have put it out, and it actually looks quite stunning. A long way from the PD VHS copies I've seen over the years, including one that managed to edit out all appearances by/references to the Devil! I think it must have been redubbed as well. There's also a bit of a new documentary on K. Gordon Murray on there as well, and best of all, it's a pretty cheap disc.

Flickhead said...

I just checked out the specs at Amazon. Needless to say, the Blu-ray went right into my shopping cart! Thanks for the heads-up!