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 #586

A Woman's Secret
(Nicholas Ray; 1949)


Vanwall said...

Ah, Gloria, the eternal bad girl gets a break here, and acts natural. I liked her in this one a lot, and sickenly-sweet O'Hara got to be baddish - altho certainly not as fulsomely evil as in "The Fallen Sparrow", a fave of mine. And, say, acerbic Melvyn Douglas has the Oscar Levant role, in my opinion, not the usual comparison to George Sanders, which I think reads to much into the fact the film is often put forth as a Mankiewicz battle, between Herman, who wrote this screenplay, and Joe, who wrote some other Oscar winner that mostly had a better cast. This one is a minor, but sturdy, noirish soap, and the best thing in it is Gloria, IMHO.


Ivan G. said...

Love the dress--I guess she wears that when she doesn't care how she looks.

And I thought I was the only one who loved The Fallen Sparrow...