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

Anne Bancroft Dead at 73

Anne Bancroft (1931-2005)

Anne Bancroft has died at age 73 after a battle with cancer. Best known for her iconographic role as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, and her Oscar-winning turn as Anne Sullivan in the Helen Keller biopic The Miracle Worker, she seemed to prefer the stage, picking and choosing her later film roles, for better (The Elephant Man) and for worse (Point of No Return).

But if you can get Simon and Garfunkel out of your head today, you're a better (wo)man than I.


Tom Sutpen said...

That's a beautiful photograph of her.

"The Graduate" is a movie I dislike, but her performance certainly isn't among its defects (I've always found Mike Nichols' original idea for the role of Mrs. Robinson, Doris Day, endlessly intriguing because if she'd done it, she could have knocked that role right out of the park).

Last thing I saw her in was an attenuated parody(?) of "The Producers" in an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm".


Brent McKee said...

I'm not thinking Simon & Garfunkel, but somehow that Polish version of Sweet Georgia Brown from the remake of To Be Or Not To Be comes unbidden to mind. An amazingly versatile performer.

Rob said...

I watched "84 Charing Cross Road" recently, and she was a chameleon in that one. She always was totally beleivable in her roles. I'll miss her.