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

Selling the Silents #26

(F.W. Murnau;1926)

From the 1927 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer calendar:
"A SPECTACLE of such size has never been seen in America. The storm scene alone will make it famous. UFA delivers a showman-production that will make the public gasp and make Hollywood sit up and take notice. The most famous love story in the world, renowned as an opera, is dramatically immortalized in this roadshow-sized hit!"

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swac said...

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