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 #53

Ocean's 11
(Lewis Milestone; 1960)


Sam said...

Ahhh, The Summit. It's good to see them all together. I've seen both versions of "O-11", and enjoy both. Although, I hate to say, I kinda like the newer version because of Bernie Mac more.

Brent McKee said...

Ah but the new version doesn't have the twist ending that the original does. Of course no in 1960 ever thought about sequels. I like the new one almost as the original because the caper is better and I like Carl Reiner in it. On the other hand George Segal is no Akim Tamiroff.

swac said...

And it's not every day that Henry Silva actually makes it onto the poster....but no Norman Fell?

Rob said...

I never really liked either one - I can take 'em or leave 'em. Rat Packness never did make much of an impact on me. Frank was smoother in his Tony Rome persona, but never as good as as in TMC. All had better roles, and the first was mostly a vanity publication. The second one does have Reiner, I'll admit, but it's mostly terribly lit - Julia Roberts coulda used von Sternberg's skill with ladies - half the time she looked like she was growing a mustache. Plus - a sequel is now out (!!!) ack! Can't.....put....stake.....thru....its.....what, you thought they had a heart?


Ivan G. said...

I caught Ocean's Eleven on HBO Signature in the wee a.m. hours a week or two back, and the funny thing was that they showed Robin and the Seven Hoods the very next night at practically the same time. I lean more toward liking Robin if only for the Old Groaner's wonderful musical numbers in it.

Tom Sutpen said...

On a slightly unrelated note: Does anyone know the reason for the persistent absence of "Sergeants 3" from the scene? I mean, that picture is nowhere to be found.