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 #502


Body and Soul
(Robert Rossen 1947)

4 comments :

Eligius said...

Are you guys fan of Olive Films or what? Because I see lots of similarities between their release schedule and your posts (which I completely agree with by the way). Keep up the good work!

swac said...

I certainly am, it's amazing to me that films like High Noon and Invasion of the Body Snatchers are now being released through a licensee like Olive rather than the studios that own them, and that they're no longer seen as valuable properties by their owners. I'm glad that there are companies like Olive, and Twilight Time (which is licensing Fox and Columbia titles) willing to do justice to these films on home video.

swac said...

Mind you, I don't think I've posted anything based on Olive's release schedule, otherwise there'd have been at least one image from or nod to It's Only Money or Who's Minding the Store.

mister muleboy said...

Gunslinger never ceases to amaze me.

I throw an interesting ad from a 1947 mag up on a virtual wall, and the next thing you know, I'm learning about small licensees putting out obscure, worthy flicks.

Before these comments, if you'd 'a said Olive, I would have replied Oil. . . .

Thanks!