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

Jules Dassin dies at 96


Jules Dassin (1911-2008)

First Richard Widmark, now Jules Dassin. It's a sad week for noir fans. At least he got to outlive his HUAC accusers and was married to Melina Mercouri. Now if only I could find a copy of his remake of The Informer, 1968's Up Tight! with Ruby Dee...

Here's his obituary in the New York Times. And, a BBC piece.

6 comments :

Graham said...

Great website.

heidi said...

i imagine his coffin being lowered very slowly, & silently...

SomeNYGuy said...

Heidi, that was brilliant!

erik hogstrom said...

Rififi is a masterpiece. I watched it again the night before last, after I heard of the death.

dom said...

Glad he outlived the McCarthy scum who drove him out of the country in which he & so many other film makers at first found refuge.

Anyone who has the dvd of "Rififi" can see the effect those bastards had on him & so many others if they watch the interview with Dassin at the NFT.

Tommy O'C said...

Well, if he wasn't a commie,he wouldn't have had to flee the country, would he?