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 #93


Today's Adventure: Richard Arlen and Louise Brooks go over a scene with writer Jim Tully on the set of Beggars of Life (1928).

6 comments :

swac said...

Oops...had that as Harold Arlen when I first hit "Publish Post". Don't know if anyone caught it...

Would have been a very different movie though.

Vanwall said...

Yip! I missed that! ;-)

A local museum has a wonderful series of locations shots for this film, some from the Carrizo Gorge's Goat Canyon, with its spectacular curved wooden trestle as part of the background, and lots of rolling stock with their peculiar camera gear and such. I'll have to see about digging some of those pics up.

shahn said...

you got clara bow and louise brooks - where's colleen moore?

swac said...

Oh, ya big blister!

(I'm just going to assume you've seen Twinkletoes...)

shahn said...

(actually i haven't seen any of her flapper pics. i don't think they are on dvd)

swac said...

I've seen a few Colleen films, she's absolutely adorable. I also like her in Kevin Brownlow's Hollywood series; all those years later and still sporting the same hairdo!