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 #541


Night Tide
(Curtis Harrington; 1961)

2 comments :

swac said...

This is the image they used for the laserdisc edition of the film, but there's also another poster for it (not sure which came first):
http://ca.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/9/b70-4935

Michael said...

The two styles differ because they are advertising the film to different audiences. The one shown in the post (style B) was used in theatres where people may have been used to Harrington's artier leanings and is much rarer. The yellow "style A" design was the standard (and far more prevalent) poster designed for the everyday horror crowd that the film aimed for as well.