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 #487


Kelly's Heroes
(Brian G. Hutton, 1970)

7 comments :

CJ said...

Featuring the unmistakeable style of the great cartoonist Jack Davis.

mister muleboy said...

I could've sworn that Jack Davis did a U.S. poster, that was then altered in foreign markets [heavily], and even in U.S. markets. The "new" posters saw Crapgame suddenly sporting a red do-rag, and saw a thin, beaked Big Joe.


But my vast research [read: Google] suggests that the original photorealistic poster (well, photounrealistic), which can be seen here, was the one that later devolved into a madly grinning Rickles with a do-rag. That one's available here.

Hmmm; I just realized that in the new one, they're ALL grinning, at least a bit. I guess somebody realized this flick wouldn't sell as a successor to The Battle of the Bulge, but might sell as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Tank Battle. . . .



What started out as another nod to Jack Davis turned into a Kelly's-obsessed trip through movie posters. Ooops.

marietta said...

Baseball Diaries,by Jim Carroll

are not so funny.

Amelia Shi said...

Wow!!! Is Art!!juegos de mario

swac said...

For a second there I thought Telly was in drag, and holding aloft a brunette wig.

That would have made an interesting plot twist...

mister muleboy said...


That would have made an interesting plot twist...


IU always thought that Big Joe and Private Babra had a . . . modern relationship

mister muleboy said...

I mean, I seem to recall early character-establishing dialogue:

Big Joe: I thought I told you to bring me some good-looking kid, not this fat, sausage-chewing wino!

Kelly: Well, if you were looking for a young boy, you should have sent somebody else, Joe. dialogue