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

Artists in Action #232


Fritz Lang puts Peter to bed

Guest Contributor: Galen Young

9 comments :

Richard Gibson said...

So he had a pet Monkey? Is this widely known?

Testify said...

It's a toy, isn't it?

rfkeser said...

Curious Fritz!

Tom Sutpen said...

Indeed.

By the way, Bob, that's not my caption; it's the guy who contributed the photo. It is not as you might reasonably surmise, a reference by me to one of our simian-brained colleagues.

That's how easy it is (check your email)

Tom Sutpen said...

I think that's a stuffed animal Lang has, at least for the purposes of this photograph, confused with a for-real Chimp.

Richard Gibson said...

Testify & Tom - the chimp is resting, he looks tired. Could be that he's elderly, an OAP chimp.

That's the way it looks to me.

Adrian said...

That caption comes from the book the photo was taken from, "Fritz Lang. His Life and Work. Photographs and Documents" -- from a 2001 retrospective at Filmmuseum Berlin. From the book: "Lang had a weakness for stuffed monkeys...Lang had a rather touchingly tender, sentimentally boyish relationship to Peter the Monkey: he took him with him on trips, put him to bed, dressed him up and posed for pictures with him." The book has one other photo of Fritz reading a book, along with Peter, also reading a book, in front of table piled high with books. (titles of which I wish I could decipher!) --Galen Young

Tom Sutpen said...

Ah. Thanks for that info, Adrian/Galen. Now that you mention it, I vaguely remember reading in Patrick McGilligan's biography that, in his later years, Lang would often sit in his home in Hollywood watching sitcoms on television with a stuffed animal in his lap; though I seem to remember it being a Rooster, not a chimp.

I'm sure the whole menagerie got some TV time in with the old master, not just lucky Pierre (if you can call that luck).

Thanks again for the contributions and the information!

David said...

This reminds me of the fact I once read that Einstein's favourite tv programme was a kids' puppet series called Time for Beany. Once he cut short a lecture, saying:
"Gentlemen, it's time!"
"Time for what, professor?"
"Time for Beany!"