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 #84


He-man Edward Everett Horton tangles with Esther Ralston, Laura LaPlante and Patsy Ruth Miller in the pre-code comedy Lonely Wives, advertised here by this glass projection slide.

4 comments :

swac said...

This film's actually available on DVD, if anyone cares. It was put out by Roan just before the company went under, but I believe their brand and stock was taken over by Troma, of all people.

Brooklyn Blowhard said...

I've always loved Horton, especially since his days on Fractured Fairytales.

swac said...

That's usually the entry level Horton...I think the first time I saw him in the flesh was in Holiday with Cary and Katherine.

r.j. said...

You mean that none of you are old enough to remember "Springtime For Henry"? Wait a minute -- neither am I!