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

Kay Walsh: 1911-2005

Oliver Twist (Alec Guinness, Robert Newton, Kay Walsh)
(David Lean, 1948)

British actress Kay Walsh passed away on April 16 at the age of 94, following a remarkable film career highlighted by her work with former husband David Lean, appearing in films like In Which We Serve and, as pictured above, his definitive Oliver Twist, as the doomed barmaid Nancy. She also contributed behind the scenes, helping Lean with dialogue and casting decisions, and is credited with conceiving the eerie opening scenes of Oliver Twist.
She was also a favourite actress of Alec Guinness, with whom she costarred in five key films, including Ronald Neame's The Horse's Mouth and Tunes of Glory, going from a distinguished leading lady in her early career (including a handful of films starring British music hall legend George Formby) to memorable character roles in Hammer Studios' The Witches and Peter Medak's The Ruling Class (after which she retired from screen acting).

The Associated Press obituary can be found here.

1 comment :

Rob said...

Almost as much as Mills, she was a keystone in the Brit Movie era.