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 #766

City Streets
(Rouben Mamoulian; 1931)


VP81955 said...

For anyone interested, UCLA will be showing "City Streets" (which stars Gary Cooper and Sylvia Sidney) on Feb. 1 to kick off a series, "Universal Preservation: Pre-Code Films From the Universal and Paramount Libraries."

Other films scheduled in the series include "The Miracle Man" (1932, Sylvia Sidney, Chester Morris); "Hot Saturday" (1932, Nancy Carroll, Cary Grant); "White Woman" (1933, Carole Lombard, Charles Laughton); "Close Harmony" (1929, Buddy Rogers, Nancy Carroll); "Manslaughter" (1930, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March); "Murder By The Clock" (1931, William Boyd, Lilyan Tashman); "The Cheat" (1931, Tallulah Bankhead, Harvey Stephens); "Street Of Chance" (1930, William Powell, Kay Francis); "Okay, America!" (1932, Lew Ayres, Maureen O'Sullivan); "Nice Women" (1931, Frances Dee, Alan Mowbray); and "Impatient Maiden" (1932, Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke).

swac said...

Wow...I'd love to see more Paramount and Universal pre-codes. White Woman is terrific, I think it's the only one in that list I've seen.

But no Story of Temple Drake?