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 #101


Buster Keaton, Jacques Tati and Harold Lloyd

7 comments :

IA said...

What are they holding?
And why didn't the room explode under the weight of that much brilliance?

Tom Sutpen said...

Keaton seems to be holding a book of matches. Dunno what Tati's got.

The question on my mind is what event took place that brought them together?

swac said...

And why does it look like they're in somebody's basement?

I wonder if this is at Cannes or some such thing? I mean, how often did Tati get over to the States? (He certainly looks like he's in seventh heaven in this photo...and no wonder.)

Tom Sutpen said...

And why does it look like they're in somebody's basement?

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Robert Benayoun's rec room, maybe?

I wonder if this is at Cannes or some such thing? I mean, how often did Tati get over to the States? (He certainly looks like he's in seventh heaven in this photo...and no wonder.)

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I'm guessing this was taken in Hollywood when Tati won an Academy Award for Mon Oncle. Could be Cannes, though, since Lloyd and Keaton traveled quite a bit. Either way, I'm positive this is from the late 50s.

Brent McKee said...

Could it be at Rochester New York? Some event at George Eastman House? I know that Keaton and Lloyd both appeared there shortly before Buster's death in the 1960s, but I don't know about Tati.

Tom Sutpen said...

Brent McKee wrote:

Could it be at Rochester New York? Some event at George Eastman House? I know that Keaton and Lloyd both appeared there shortly before Buster's death in the 1960s, but I don't know about Tati.

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It's possible. Only thing works against it is that Keaton doesn't look as old (or as worn) as he looked in Movie or The Railrodder or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Mike said...

Great Pic!
I just picked up the BFI's release of Jour de fete with 'restored' color and am a happy camper.