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

Collect 'Em All #9

Greta Garbo
(No. 16 in a series of 48 by Gallaher Ltd, Virginia House, London & Belfast)
"Making Marie Walewska is the happiest memory I have in connection with films. Playing opposite so great an actor as Charles Boyer, assisting in bringing to the screen so important an episode, and having, once again, my great friend Clarence Brown as director, made production of this film a most delightful experience."

(Note: Marie Walewska is the UK release title for Conquest, reportedly MGM's biggest money loser between the silent era and 1949.)

1 comment :

Nick Zegarac said...

Garbo, in any form, is sublime decadence. Yum-Yum.