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 Art of Cinema #475

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Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963) is a four-part omnibus film (the format was quite popular in Europe during the 60s), its title an amalgam of directors Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Ugo Gregoretti.

3 comments :

swac said...

I remember Kino Video used this artwork for the video box, I had no idea it was also the original U.S. poster. Here's an intriguing Italian poster for it:
http://www.notrecinema.com/images/cache/rogopag-affiche_223729_26328.jpg
And one from Eastern Europe (Polish or Czech, I'm not entirely sure):
http://m.blog.hu/te/tek09/image/Karel%20Vaca%20-%20rogopag.jpg

Still haven't seen it myself, or Boccaccio '70 for that matter.

Flickhead said...

I once posted a brief piece about the Welles/Pasolini collaboration in RoGoPaG; read it here.

Peter Nellhaus said...

I was able to see one of Gregorett's films, Omicron, a science fiction comedy that was quite funny. Too bad Kino hasn't seen fit to get RoGoPaG on DVD.