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

Artists in Action #379


Jeanne Moreau visits Los Angeles

11 comments :

Fred said...

The 60s were great. They just don't have shopping like this anymore. Jeanne looks like she just stepped out of Vogue with her new wardrobe. And if the soldiers run out of tear gas, they can just pop into The Supply Sergeant to re-stock.

Mr DeBakey said...

There's a tonne of
Mise in that Scene

Vanwall said...

Location shots always seem to catch that everyday look, you know?

swac said...

Bruit on the Sunset Strip?

Prisamata said...

exactly, what riots are those? due to my age, I can only recall the Rodney King riots...

Robert Fiore said...

This picture was taken on Hollywood Boulevard, looking east from around Las Palmas. I assume this is from a movie. You didn't have open combat on the streets during the Rodney King riots, and when the National Guard showed up looters made themselves scarce. The riot damage on Hollywood Boulevard was some blocks farther east than this, closer to Cahuenga. An indoor swap meet was burned down.

Tom Sutpen said...

I believe this was a staged photo session from 1970, and I would say more on it if the photographer's name didn't completely escape me (I keep circling back in my mind to Jerry Schatzberg, but I know it ain't him). In any event we're seeing, in this image, the high-end of late 60's trendiness merging with the ferment of the times in about as arresting an image as one could conceive.

Put another way, Michelangelo Antonioni coulda released this as the poster for Zabriskie Point and everyone coulda skipped the movie (which is what everyone did anyway).

Mark said...

Did you notice that Let It Be appears to be the movie playing at the cinema on the left side of the frame? Fun coincidence, given your next post.

Tom Sutpen said...

Not a . . . complete coincidence.

(you've got the eagle's eye, monsieur)

A said...
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A said...

Sorry about the double-post [some FF issues] --

Anyway, this shot is taken from Paul Mazursky's 'Alex in Wonderland' -- Alex (Donald Sutherland) is shooting a riot scene into which steps Jeanne Morreau