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 Double Feature #7


The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus (Les yeux sans visage; Georges Franju, 1960) ~ PLUS! ~ The Manster (George P. Breakston and Kenneth G. Crane, 1959)

4 comments :

Martin said...

What a combo. From the penthouse of "Dr. Faustus" to the (admittedly enjoyable) basement of "The Manster". I'd have loved to see them first-run.

swac said...

Nice comparison to Tennessee Williams.

VP81955 said...

Mr. Williams would be surprised to learn he had been writing horror all along.

Frank Coleman said...

It's the loneliness of the characters in LES YEUX SANS VISAGE that recalls Williams.

Personally, this is one of my all-time favorite double bills. The German version of THE HEAD would make a great triple.