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

B is for Beaton #10

Moira Shearer


Fabio Said said...

Moira was stunning in The Red Shoes, but I don't know what movies she did besides that.

Vanwall said...

The best movie dancer, by far. She was great in "The Story of Three Loves", a good anthology film, and of course, she was a name on "Peeping Tom".

swac said...

Great photo, certainly seems to take some inspiration from Michael Powell in its ambiance.

Mike Doc said...


Here's the address of a number she does in Powell & Pressburger's adaptation of The Tales of Hoffman. It's a personal favorite: