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 #501

20,000 Years in Sing-Sing
(Michael Curtiz; 1932)



One of my favourite films... and before the studios knew what to do with Bette Davis...

swac said...

Great film, although I wonder where the poster artist got those sexy ladies from...Finally got to see this courtesy of TCM just a month or so ago, made me wish Tracy had done more work with Warner Bros. (especially since his early Fox films are so hard to see these days).

elin lantto said...

It's a Swedish poster. Just sayin'.