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

Adventures in American Filmmaking #29

Today's adventure: No, Foolish Wives director Erich Von Stroheim isn't about to fire cameraman Ben Reynolds permanently. He's merely indulging in a little target practice on the beach as his character Count Sergius Karamzin. Still, given Stroheim's famous temperment, this might have been a good day to call in sick.


mwl said...

I can understand why the cameraman is ducking!

Wow. Thanks for this image. A great document of "the process"

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen, where did you find this image? And if you've got any other Stroheim production stills, I'd love to see them.

swac said...

The image is from Kevin Brownlow's Hollywood: The Pioneers, the book that was issued to accompany his landmark 13-part documentary.