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 the Double Feature #3

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Robert Downey’s Chafed Elbows (1966) was one of the few films from the American Underground to play ‘legit’ theatres, paired with Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising (1964) by Impact Films.

2 comments :

swac said...

Criterion is planning an early Robert Downey Sr. Eclipse series set for next year, that goes up to Putney Swope. Can't wait to finally see Chafed Elbows (especially after catching his Q&A at All Tomorrow's Parties).

Also funny to learn that Downey lives just around the corner from the Criterion office, and frequently hangs out there, shooting the breeze and borrowing a movie or two.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

I saw this double feature @The Rialto Theatre (or was it the Criterion?) in Durham, NC in '68 maybe. Or some other year around then.