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 #723

The Asphalt Jungle
(John Huston; 1950)


Vanwall said...

Poor Mrs. Ciavelli - this would be her lonely future after the heist. One of my favorite movies, not least for its spare and bleak realist viewpoint, but Jean Hagen's work here was exemplary and human - between this film and "Singin' In The Rain" she should've gotten a couple statuettes. Every part was perfectly acted, and Monroe and Calhern were pitch-perfect together - she played well off his performance, and it's my favorite Calhern part as well. "You big banana-head" never seemed lovelier coming out of a girl's mouth. ;-) It's also remarkably true to Burnett's novel, even hinting at Doc's nasty vice a little.

Nate said...

Vanwall, couldn’t agree more, Hagen is phenomenal! I love her talking to Hayden while her eyelash comes off. Great and in many ways underrated movie all around. The confrontation between Hayden and Dexter is excellent too. I’m always surprised that this one doesn’t get talked about more...