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 #687:
Raymond Chandler birthday edition


The Big Sleep
(Howard Hawks; 1946)

2 comments :

Vanwall said...

Marlowe: "You do sell books, hmmm?"

Agnes: "What do these look like, grapefruit!?!"

This little vignette, and the one following, where Dorothy Malone takes off her glasses, and vavoom! - are two of the cleverest pieces ever filmed, with lots nuance and Bogart's complete mastery of Philip Marlowe's droll character, 'specially with his hat brim flipped up, in film chock full to the brim with more of same. Argentine sir-a-mix indeed!

Jeremy Richey said...

This is one of my all time favorite scenes in any film. It never ceases to blow me away when I watch it...the two of them are just incredible together.