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 #304


The cast and crew of He Who Gets Slapped

7 comments :

Vanwall said...

A beautiful shot. This is one of those films that gets under your skin and kinda festers there - what lengths one is driven to by love, eh?

Stacia said...

Norma is so short!

Tom Sutpen said...

Crikey! I never noticed that.

And she always seemed of comparable height to the other actors in her films.

I'm guessing Metro used the same platforms for her that Paramount would later employ to hide Alan Ladd's semi-dwarf stature.

Vanwall said...

Midgets with big heads, isn't that the casting parameters?

Tom Sutpen said...

Midgets with big heads, isn't that the casting parameters?

For a Tod Browning picture maybe . . .


btw, Rob. If this is not too impertinent, do you have an email address where I can reach you? Something I wanted to ask. Mine's on me profile if you wanna email me with it (best not to do it here); if not, it's not a big deal.

Vanwall said...

Browning did all those Tom Cruise abominations? Who'da thunk it? ;-)


P.S. I've given it a shot, so keep your eyes peeled, Tom.

Anna said...

Great pic, who'd have thought that little number in the checked tights would be the Great Lover of the Silent Screen, John Gilbert.