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 #100

Today's Adventure: Director Cecil B. DeMille explains the dynamics of a romantic scene to Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature on the set of Samson and Delilah (1949).


Vanwall said...

Somehow, I get the impression he couldn't've told Hedy much about romance, only what he thought might be.

RobRepta said...

I love Cecil B DeMille's films. Hollywood coming in to the golden era. I still have the VHS of this movie :)