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

Seminal Image #380


Red Dust
(Victor Fleming; 1932)

8 comments :

swac said...

That Warner/MGM pre-code box set couldn't come a moment too soon...

Anonymous said...

Is there really one? What's going to be in it?

Harlow was terrific...such a presence, and in barely five years, dead at 26....And forget Jennifer Lopez, friends, Jean had BACk

Brent McKee said...

And her front wasn't half bad either. There are some very beautiful pictures of her in drapings that could best be described as diaphanous. Yum, yum! If only yu didn't have to deal with her mother (who made William Powell pay for Jean's funeral just because he was engaged to her).

swac said...

Nothing's been officially announced, but rumours about a pre-code box have been in the wind for a while, following the success of Warner's Gangster, Film Noir and Controversial Classics box sets.

Given the publicity about the original cut of Baby Face making the rounds, you'd think it'd be a no-brainer.

swac said...

Well...I spoke too soon. There is word that a "Forbidden Hollywood" collection is in the works at Warner, with Baby Face, Red Headed Woman and....Waterloo Bridge? The hell?

Tom Sutpen said...

Presumably it's James Whale's 1931 Waterloo Bridge. When MGM remmade it in 1940, they no doubt bought the film along with the property from Universal, as they did with Show Boat and Cimarron.

That being said, this isn't the first time I've heard that a Pre-Code box was on its way (now that I think of it, most of the titles in their impending Busby Berkeley set could fall under this category . . . Pettin' in the Park, anyone?). Let's just cross our fingers and hope this time it's for real.

Tom Sutpen said...

The original Cimmaron, of course, being an RKO release.

(just headin' off the nitpickers)

Anonymous said...

Some who remember those hubcap sized things called laser discs may recall Turner releasing two volumes of Forbidden collections. I had vol. II a seemingly randomly chosen group of 7 titles, including Havana Widows, Beauty and the Boss and I've Got Your Number. Certainly nobody could have complained that the titles were the same old same old.