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 #1


99 44/100% Dead (John Frankenheimer, 1974); titles by Phill Norman, music by Henry Mancini

6 comments :

Bob DuCharme said...

I'd say it owes quite a debt to something that came 8 years earlier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x41okLUCIWc

Flickhead said...

Whap! Biff! Oof!

swac said...

So glad this is finally on DVD (in a double feature with the underrated THE NICKEL RIDE) so I can retire my pan & scan VHS copy.

goomba said...

Sounds like a Tubon in the theme music.

estiv said...

Roy Lichtenstein should have been able to collect royalties.

A said...

Having watched it recently, I have to say that this is the best part of the film.