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

They Were Collaborators #224


Conrad Veidt and Peter Lorre

5 comments :

Vanwall said...

The Intelligentsia Diaspora in a nutshell. :-(

11cents said...

Both in exile a year later.

Tom Sutpen said...

Actually, I think this photo was taken during the course of that voyage

11cents said...

Would be yet more poignant if so, but I don't think that's the case. I came across the picture here, on a website belonging to the author of a Peter Lorre biography:

http://www.peterlorrebook.com/plphotos2.html

Also check out drawing of Lorre and Veidt as demonic ping-pong doubles team.

Love this blog, BTW.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the nice mention of the Peter Lorre biography website ("The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre" by Stephen D. Youngkin).

To clear up some confusion about the photo, here is the caption that accompanied it:

"A close shot of Conrad Veidt and Peter Lorre en route to Oie Island to film 'F.P.1. antwortet nicht'. Although the actors appeared in different versions of the film, they developed a close friendship during the three-month location shoot."

So the two actors were on their way to work on their latest film, "F.P.1 antwortet nicht" (F.P.1 Doesn't Answer), not escaping from Nazi Germany.

Thanks again!

Cheryl