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 #737


Problem Girls
(E.A. Dupont; 1953)

1 comment :

SomeNYGuy said...

Saw this on TCM recently; most notable for interiors filmed in an actual mansion (not studio sets) and a striking amount of flubbed dialogue -- the wonderful but deep-in-her-cups Helen Walker looks particularly annoyed after pronouncing the word "town" as "trown," probably realizing there would be no retake.

The over-age "girls" include genre favorites Beverly Garland, Mara Corday and Joyce Jameson, and leading man Ross Elliott gives a hilariously hyperactive (perhaps chemically-enhanced) performance.

One striking shower torture shot is held long enough to make it clear that it's the film's raison d'etre.