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 #87


Today's Adventure: Judy Garland has some questions for John Cassavetes on the set of A Child Is Waiting (1963).

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

This was an uncomfortable movie for all concerned, viewers included. For its time, it must've been remarkable to a large extent that it even got made. However, along with the slightly later films "David and Lisa" and "Andy", I always looked forward to watching them - altho somewhat naive and only realistic to an ambivalent degree, they were fascinatingly sympathetic looks at a long ignored part of our society.