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

Adventures in American Filmmaking #68

Today's Adventure: Nicholas Ray focuses on James Dean and his friend, Jack
Simmons, on the set of Rebel Without a Cause (1955)


Anonymous said...

Thats not Sal Mineo, its Dean's friend Jack Simmons (see Paul Alexanders book James Dean Boulevard of Broken Dreams which features the pic of the two of them sitting in the font thingy before/after they fall over.)

Tom Sutpen said...

Damn. That's the last time I go by a caption.