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 #7

Part Seven of The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes entails lengthy discussions of 1937's Young and Innocent and 1938's The Lady Vanishes, both of which dwell largely on matters of technique. It is, I think, an indicator of the infectiousness with which Alfred Hitchcock, for once, describes his own work (rather than listening with weary patience while François Truffaut describes it to him) that one scarcely notices the total absence in this excerpt of that weird personal dynamic between the two principals on such gaudy display in the others. Whether detailing a justly celebrated shot in Young and Innocent (while pointing out its technical distinctions from a similar, even more celebrated shot in his 1946 film Notorious) or running through those elements that made The Lady Vanishes, in his words, a work of fantasy, Hitchcock is never less than compelling throughout. And Truffaut, to his credit, finally decides to let the old man speak.

I tell you, if all the excerpts were like this one, my task in writing these intros would be one helluva lot easier.


the heart of the world said...

Thank you for these

Tom Sutpen said...

You, and all who appreciate the sonorous tones of The Master, are welcome.

Anonymous said...

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