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

When Legends Gather #78


The George Eastman House Second Festival of Film Artists (1957)
Top row from left: Lee Garmes, Frank Borzage, Charles Rosher, Maurice Chevalier
Middle row: Josef von Sternberg, Arthur Edeson, Richard Barthelmess, James Wong Howe, Ramon Novarro, William Daniels
Bottom row: Peverell Marley, Harold Lloyd, George Folsey, Gloria Swanson, Lillian Gish, Janet Gaynor, Mary Pickford

4 comments :

swac said...

That's a lotta legends!

Brent McKee said...

Now that was a real case of "more stars than there are in heaven".

swac said...

And of course Swanson steals the show.

Tom Sutpen said...

I think that's a wax dummy of Sternberg.