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

The Art of Cinema #197


The Most Dangerous Game
(Irving Pichel & Ernest B. Schoedsack; 1932)

8 comments :

Vanwall said...

Wow! That's a superlative creation! If only the movie had been that amazing.

swac said...

Considering the film was a quickie made using the sets from King Kong while that film's special effects were being finished, It's an effective 62 minute thriller. And Leslie Banks is a great psycho.

Jeff Duncanson said...

Don't forget Bela Lugosi as.....Um... I'm not sure what he was supposed to be.

swac said...

Oops...I think you're thinking of Island of Lost Souls...or possibly White Zombie, which I think might have used some of the interior sets from The Most Dangerous Game.

swac said...

A quick check of the IMDb reveals that they did in fact use TMDG sets in White Zombie.

Richard Gibson said...

Didn't they remake this as a Jean Claude Van-Damme thing in the 80's or 90's?
Is it about hunting men?

swac said...

Yep, the Muscles from Brussels starred in John Woo's Hard Target, which is basically the same idea. It's been done a bunch of times, really, including Robert Wise's A Game of Death in 1945.

r.j. said...

And it was also done again with Richard Widmark, in what I thought was a very-effective re-do, called "Run For The Sun".