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 #193

Double Indemnity
(Billy Wilder; 1944)


Rob said...

Oh, yeah! Show me that ankle bracelet, Phyllis, baby. What a movie. Too bad Fred never rose to this height again, altho he got close in "The Caine Mutiny".

Brent McKee said...

I think The Apartment was pretty good, with Fred playing the consumate heel. What's really too bad is that he took to heart a comment from some fan who hated the fact that he played such a morally reprehensible character. From there it was on to Disney movies and My Three Sons. The guy got lazy (check out his work schedule for My Three Sons some time.

Tom Sutpen said...

But he started his Disney tenure a year before his great last gasp of mendacity in "The Apartment". As Rob pointed out, with the exception of Dmytryk in "The Caine Mutiny", Billy Wilder seemed to be the only director who recognized this dimension in MacMurray and knew how to cast him accordingly; a little bit like Robert Aldrich's use of the otherwise benign Eddie Albert portraying barely concealed sadism in "Attack", "Hustle" and "The Longest Yard".