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

Miniseries #9: Claudia






















R.H. said...

What she don't got don't matter.

Flickhead said...

Nice gallery!

About 12-years-old, I was in the studio audience of WNEW-TV's "Midday Live" (starring Lee Leonard) when Claudia came on to promote Once Upon a Time in the West. Sharing the guest couch was Oliver Reed, plugging The Devils! I remember all the stage hands checking out Claudia's legs -- she was wearing a mini.

SomeNYGuy said...

A versatile beauty, cast-able as anything from demure virgin to brazen seductress to cold-hearted toughie.

Vanwall said...

Jeez, this is almost too much - is it possible to suffer from seeing overmuch beauty? I'll always remember her from "The Professionals", a tough guy film that had two tough gals in it as well - Ms. Cardinale was never lovelier or more dangerous looking. I have to go lie down now.

Peter L. Winkler said...

Yeah, baby!

She's my feminine ideal in 8&1/2.

Richard Gibson said...


I think I'm going to go to lie down too!

Tim Lucas said...
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Tim Lucas said...

#3 made my day, thank you.

We've never met, but I love her. I do have her autograph on the ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST issue of VIDEO WATCHDOG, and a friend's word that, after reading my editorial in said issue, she let out an "Ah!", looked around the Sergio Leone exhibit in LA and asked, "Where is Teem [Tim]?" Naturally, I wasn't there. My quite colossal loss.

I wonder how many fans over the years have dared to pat her on the behind and then told her to just pretend it's nothing?

swac said...

I'll take lucky number seven.