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 #484

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Zachariah (George Englund, 1971)

7 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

Said to be a bit of an anti-masterpiece itself.

Francesca Paolucci said...

Great poster.

swac said...

I have only the dimmest memories of watching an edited-for-TV version on some local midday matinee type program, and the remnants didn't make a whole lot of sense.

Bet it would go great with Greaser's Palace, or given its Firesign Theatre connection, J-Men Forever.

Flickhead said...

Go to YouTube, type in Firesign Theater Hot Shorts, and check out Sperm Bank Hold-Up, The Mounties Catch Herpes, and/or Revenge of the Non-Smokers!

swac said...

I actually have Hot Shorts on VHS, sitting in my pile of things I need to convert to DVD.

estiv said...

Featuring Elvin Jones as a jazz gunslinger, no less, so very appropriate for this blog.

capewood said...

I remember actually seeing this in a theater on Long Island somewhere in early 1972.