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

The Art of Cinema #280


Party Girl
(Nicholas Ray; 1958)

6 comments :

Vanwall said...

Makes it seem worth watching, at least.

Mr DeBakey said...

Is that supposed to be Cyd Charisse?

Try again

Tom Sutpen said...

It is, but I think they were trying to present that ethereal pair of legs without making it seem as though Party Girl was some kind of Musical.

Even five years before this, MGM wouldn't have minded such confusion, but their Musical output (Gigi being a major exception) hadn't been faring too well at the box office of late.

SomeNYGuy said...

Well, it's NOT a musical (although Cyd does some half-hearted steps, and I love the swingy title song performed by Mr. Charisse, Tony Martin.)

I keep reading the title as MADCHEN AUS DER UNDERWEAR. Am I regressing to kindergarten?

Vanwall said...

Freudian Slip.

swac said...

Looks more like Susan Hayward.