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 Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes #2


In Part Two of The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes, Alfred Hitchcock speaks of creative depredations wrought by the so-called Star System upon both his 1927 film The Lodger as well as 1941's Suspicion. He scrupulously avoids implicating Cary Grant in the latter film's distortion . . . keep in mind that, at the time of this interview, Grant was still a major presence at the box-office . . . and then details his original ending, which is so poorly conceived as to make the dénouement imposed by RKO sound like a masterstroke of cinematic storytelling. François Truffaut goes way way out on a limb by declaring Suspicion a finer work than the largely unread novel from which it was adapted, and then praises it in terms normally reserved for something hanging in the Louvre.

Hitchcock, who no doubt thought he'd heard it all by then, immediately shifts gears for an extended discussion of The Lodger, pausing only to ask Truffaut for his insight into the role hand-cuffs sometimes play in aberrant sexual fetishism (Truffaut admits that, alas, his is not an analytical mindset . . . and, to the best of our knowledge, no newspaper on earth altered their front page that day to accomodate this revelation), then closes on a note of lavish cynicism with the old one about Silent film being a richer, more purely cinematic form.

1 comment :

Jennifer From France said...

Thank you very much ! I'm looking foward #3 !