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

Adventures in American Filmmaking #85

Today's Adventure: George Stevens directs Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor
to turn up the heat on the set of A Place in the Sun (1951)


Vanwall said...

A movie with two of the most beautiful people who ever lived - almost overmuch.

Jeremy Richey said...

Vanwell is right, both Clift and Taylor were so extraordinary looking in this period, and they were both at the top of their game performance wise. I never tire of revisiting this great American film...