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

Before and After #128: Laurence Olivier




Nick Zegarac said...

I know I'm going to get flack for this, but save Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940) I always found Olivier's acting to be bordering on playing the perfect ham - and I do mean pork!

There's also something effeminate about his Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. It's hard for me to buy into the fact that he's lusting after Merle Oberon when David Niven seems more his type.

His filmed Othello gets the nod as a definitive performance and there are many who still prefer his Hamlet above all others. I would argue that Kenneth Branagh wins for the latter hands down. I don't think I've ever seen a definitive Othello.

Oh, almost forgot - Olivier does a beautiful job in The Entertainer. He's also passable in Sleuth.

Vanwall said...


Testify said...

Oh come on guys he's great in Wild Geese 2.

Kreisler said...

And Boys from Brazil

rookgaroo said...

Are they safe?