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 the Opening Credit #2


Crime Without Passion (Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, 1934), montage designed by Slavko Vorkapich

6 comments :

swac said...

Whoa.

Restoring Wings is nice and all, but I'll take this and Temple Drake, thanks very much.

swac said...

Someone's selling a grey market version of this on Amazon, the description is at least honest about the fact it's a DVD-R.

Caveat emptor...

Flickhead said...

I once knew a collector who went to great lengths to track down quality prints of films, but on Crime Without Passion he couldn’t find anything — despite the Claude Rains/Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur pedigree, it’s still an obscurity. The copy available from Amazon is from Retro Flix, but my online search for them came up nil. I’m fairly certain that whatever’s out there probably looks like a second or third generation VHS dub, but the blotchy image may even add to its mystique, like you’re watching a movie from another dimension. Tom wrote about the film @ Illusion Travels by Streetcar!

Flickhead said...

For more Vorkapichian visions, you can see one of his 3D sequences from the otherwise staid Canadian horror-thriller The Mask (1961) now on YouTube.

swac said...

YouTube? I have THE MASK on laserdisc! And a friend of mine in Toronto knows the director's son and says he has the original mask prop hanging on his wall at home.

Flickhead said...

We've got to get that mask!! We need to put it on now!!