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

They Were Collaborators #57


Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

4 comments :

orangeguru said...

Did you ever see the documentary about 'The making of Cleopatra' when these two met for the first time? Pure drama I tell ya ...

Tom Sutpen said...

I haven't seen that documentary, but the story is certainly the stuff of legend, no doubt. According to Elizabeth Taylor, she'd met Burton in 1952, when he was making his first Hollywood film, Henry Koster's The Robe. At that time he made a reflexive pass at her . . . as was Burton's custom with just about every woman he laid eyes on in those days . . . which she dodged easily enough. Over the next decade they crossed paths at this party or that industry function. But it wasn't until they actually worked together that they met in that crucial sense.

Gotta feel sorry for Eddie Fisher. Not only did he make a nuisance out of himself on the Cleopatra set . . . trying to bring in his pal Paddy Chayefsky to rewrite the script, generally treated like an errand boy; Mr. Elizabeth Taylor . . . but the poor guy gets his wife plucked from him so easily.

swac said...

Serves him right for ditching Debbie Reynolds!

orangeguru said...

A monument to their love! Great actors need great drama?!