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 #431

Red River
(Howard Hawks; 1948)

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

"Cherry, Fairy and Butch." Hmmm. Mouse was right, in certain scenes, it fits. ;-)

It's funny, 'cause she adored Montgomery Clift - she'd have spread for him in a heartbeat, if he'd been so inclined, and those were her words. The irony of the actors chosen and the relationships portrayed in this film never ceased to provide us with verdant conversation - she always said Clift was a better "man" than Wayne.

As far as this film, I actually like John Ireland's laconic delivery just before he's shot, and Noah Beery Jr's character overall - he was a very underrated supporting player.

Mouse never did take to overcompensating macho films, 'specially where the girls were at least as macho as the guys - she figured a girl could get by quite nicely without trying to prove she needed a dick-sizin' fight as validation.

She did like some of the tough gals in Westerns - in "The Professionals", Maria Gomez's wonderful Chiquita was a fave,(for both of us, hehe) but I think it was more because Chiquita was clever enough to shove a Smith & Wesson into Burt Lancaster's throat.