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

The Art of Cinema #76

Designing Woman
(Vincente Minnelli; 1957)


Rob said...

Oh, yeah - if ever two people lent themselves to the angularity of paper cut-outs, it was Bacall and Peck, both of whom seem made up of curious angles. 'Specially when they're walking.


swac said...

I love this style of artwork. It was someone in-house at MGM who did these designs, I once saw someone on Antiques Roadshow with the original paper construction for a similar poster for (I think) Easter Parade. It was quite stunning.

Sad, when you think what goes into most posters these days...