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

Art of Cinema #255

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Giant
(George Stevens; 1956)

3 comments :

Brent McKee said...

As much as I love how Elizabeth Taylor looked in Giant - and indeed in most of her 1950s roles - she looks way better in this poster than she does in the movie. And that's saying something.

Vanwall said...

This poster makes it seem like a standard H'wood romance, with some brunette starlet that almost looks like Ava Gardner without the chin dimple - I wouldn't have recognized it as Liz if it had been without the other stars.

swac said...

Gee, if only Dean could have managed an expression that subtle in real life...