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

Sex Education #37

Joan Blondell


Brent McKee said...

For those of us who first were exposed to Joan Blondell not in her 1930s movies but in her movie and TV work in the 1960's, the realization that she was considered a sex symbol is a bit of a stunner. Of course so is the realization that Shelley Winters was once considered a sex symbol. How would we have regarded Marilyn Monroe if she had lived and continued to work for a normal life span?

Tom Sutpen said...

If you look at some of the footage from "Something's Gotta Give", Monroe's final film, you can see the first cracks in her beauty starting to emerge. I can't imagine that, if she had lived, they wouldn't have re-shot some of those scenes, considering how terrible (relatively speaking) she looked in them.

As for Joan Blondell, I too was amazed when I saw her early films for Warners at how incredibly hot she could be.

Also, I may be one of the few men on earth who think Shelley Winters was sexy even after she started putting on the pounds (for instance, in "Alfie"). "Poseidon Adventure" was the point where she lost it for me

swac said...

I guess I first saw Blondell in her '30s films...but she's still rather attractive in Nightmare Alley. I'm not even sure how much of her later stuff I've seen.