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 #35


Sincerely Yours
(Gordon Douglas; 1955)

(Liberace-sincere thanks, minus all the unction, to Bob Keser for this image)

6 comments :

swac said...

He is so MANLY...he DWARFS women by comparison!

Tom Sutpen said...

Absolutely!! I mean, what were they thinking over at Warner's, casting him as a pianist!

Think of all the projects suited to him other than a remake of some old George Arliss creaker. He could have done remakes of "Each Dawn I Die", "Captain Blood", "Destination Tokyo", "Baby Face", countless others.

Talk about a missed opportunity.

(on a more serious note: I always thought Liberace's bit in Tony Richardson's "The Loved One" was one of the best things in that picture)

swac said...

Now all I can envision is Liberace in a remake of Night Nurse...only with him in the Stanwyck role and Stanwyck in the Clark Gable role pushing him around.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Now all I can envision is Liberace in a remake of Night Nurse...only with him in the Stanwyck role and Stanwyck in the Clark Gable role pushing him around.

*****
Hmmmm.

Don't you think that might run the risk of being . . . campy?

swac said...

That's a risk I'm willing to take.

r.j. said...

We just finished a screenplay this year, which is currently making the rounds, called "Sincerely Mine". One cannot, sometimes, pay homage enough to a masterpiece.