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 #485

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-30- (Starring, produced and directed by Jack Webb, 1959)

4 comments :

Chris Oliver said...

Caught this on TCM a couple weeks ago. Lots of good character actors doing their thing!

swac said...

Dang, I missed this one when it aired, although I did manage to capture Pete Kelly's Blues (oddly enough, our inept mayor here in Halifax is named Peter Kelly) and The D.I. on my DVR.

I'm sure it'll come around again...

swac said...

Hmmm...looks like Jack Webb is as good at math as our mayor is at accounting.

Timmy said...

Dig that crazy beatnik David Nelson bangin' them bongos, man......