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 #126

(Victor Flemming, 1933)

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

If ever there was a living embodiment of "bombshell", Harlow was unquestionably that. I actually prefer her wisecracking comedies, and this one was so really close to the bone for a lot of H'wood actresses, I'm a bit surprised it got made. She was really quite the finished product by the time of this film, and as fondly as she's remembered today, if she had lived to make more films, she may have been the best ever. When you watch her progress from "Public Enemy" where she was just eye candy that spoke rather woodenly, to her fluid abilities in this film, it's obvious what a hard worker she must have been. I still have problems with her hair styles, but the actress beneath keeps shining out, regardless - not many had her looks and abilities.