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 #111
Shelley Winters Dies at 85

The Night of the Hunter
(Charles Laughton, 1955)

The New York Times obituary for Shelley Winters (1920-2006)


Jeff Duncanson said...

Steve - Where are you getting these? I'd love to have that poster!

swac said...

Just Google Images. Searched for "Night of the Hunter" and found it on the third page of selections.

Might make a nice t-shirt....

Vanwall said...

You guys continue to amaze me - this is a helluva poster. Shelley was a fun lady to watch, regardless. She was one fantastic villainess on screen when she wanted to be, was a great sex symbol, and boy, did she have moxie off-screen!

This movie, BTW, is one of my faves, and I guess I watched it a little too often - when one of those 100 worst villians lists came out recently, my son immediately proclaimed the Rev. Harry Powell was his choice for No. 1, 'cause he'd scared the kid so badly when he snuck in and watched it once when I had left it on inadvertidly.


swac said...

On Saturday night, Canadian (Paris-based) pop chanteuse Feist opened her set with an a capella version of Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.

Couldn't have been a coincidence...