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 #490

F.T.A. (Francine Parker, 1972)


swac said...

I was trying to figure out how Dalton Trumbo got his name on this, but it seems Sutherland recites a speech from his novel Johnny Get Your Gun at the end of the film, hence the credit (words that, oddly enough, do not appear in the film of Johnny Get Your Gun, which also featured Sutherland).

Go Thunderbird Go said...

Francine Parker was my directing professor in college. She loved to talk about this film. One of her crowning achievements.

TF said...

How dated, how of-its-time this is. Entertainment from the 50s, 40s - heck, even stuff from the Civil War era seems equally current, in 2012.