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

Selling the Silents #15


From the 1927 Paramount release book
(An Eric Pommer Production, Directed by Rowland Lee, Starring Pola Negri)

A sensational special from Hall Cain's surging novel of emotion and conflicks, 'Woman of Knockaloe.'

Imagine one beautiful woman on an island with hundreds of hostile prisoners, hating them and then falling madly in love with one of them. Cast at present includes Clive Brook, Einar Hanson, Claude Gillingwater and Clyde Cook."


If you're in the mood to see Barbed Wire on the big screen, and you're anywhere near the heartland, you can always pop by Cinevent in Columbus, Ohio May 27-30, where other highlights will include Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell making their all-talking, all-singing debuts in Sunny Side Up (also with El Brendel!), and Clara Bow and Kay Francis showing off some Dangerous Curves.

2 comments :

Brent McKee said...

Stephen, I'd be remiss (and our pal Frederica would be angry) if I didn't request that you get a Nita Naldi picture up post haste. And maybe a Kay Fwancis?

swac said...

Sadly, neither were at Paramount in 1927. But maybe I can find them in my next series, which starts up when I get through the Paramount book...