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

Faces from the Past #12
They Were Collaborators #194

George Cukor and the cast of Dinner at Eight (1933)


Tia O'Connor said...

Is this the film in "The Purple Rose of Cairo"?

Tom Sutpen said...

No it isn't. I'm assuming you mean the film in the final sequence. That's Mark Sandrich's Top Hat (1935).

Tia O'Connor said...

The visuals in the picture that you posted are very similar to the scenary and actors from the main film within "The Purple Rose of Cairo", I thought it was a refference.

Tom Sutpen said...

Oh, I see what you mean. It's a guess, but I think what Allen was trying to recreate with the fake film in Purple Rose of Cairo was the slightly downscale knock-offs of movies like Dinner at Eight which studios such as RKO turned out.

Or perhaps he was going for recreating the real thing. I don't know. He and Gordon Willis clearly studied these films closely because it's a better-than-average replica of that model (a little like the William Castle pastiche in Joe Dante's Matinee).

slyboots2 said...

I dearly love this movie. Especially the combo pack of Marie Dressler and Jean Harlow. Billie Burke is icing on that cake. And obviously I haven't even started waxing rhapsodic about the males in the cast!!!