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

Seminal Image #182

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
(Rex Ingram; 1921)


Bob Keser said...

Rudolph Valentino is too busy counting her fingers to notice, but Alice Terry (Mrs. Rex Ingram) is not only a great beauty but also an actress whose underplaying makes her performances seem modern and fresh.

Tom Sutpen said...

Agree completely!

Hava you ever seen her in anything not directed by Rex Ingram, Bob? I'll confess I haven't, and it might be interesting to learn just how much of her underplaying was allowed by other directors. It worked beautifully in Ingram's films, but his movies were decidedly not like everyone else's at that time.

Rob said...

You're right about Ingram's films being different - for such a small output for a silent director, like thirty-some films, I think, he was consistently interesting and got the best work of their lives from a number of actors. I, too have never seen an Alice Terry movie independent of Ingram, and it's too bad she's generally thought of as "Rex Ingram's wife, Alice Terry". I wonder what she looked liked like without the wig, but I read it was a security blanket for her.


Bob Keser said...

Wig? WIG?! Dunno about that, but she's equally good in "Four Horsemen", "The Conquering Power", "Prisoner of Zenda", and "Mare Nostrum". Those four are the only films I've seen her in, all Rex Ingram pictures. Anyone who wants to send me copies of his "Garden of Allah" and "The Arab" should feel free to contact me!

Tom Sutpen said...

Put me on the Alice Terry mailing list, too!!