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

The Art of Cinema #340

Elmer Gantry
(Richard Brooks; 1960)


SomeNYGuy said...

Beautiful poster -- more arresting than the American ad campaign.

R.H. said...

Burt Lancaster. Massive talent. And Jean Simmons, woo woo. What a double.

R.H. said...

Sinclair Lewis. You'd be astonished at the research he did for Elmer Gantry. His books were polemic, and very funny, and very good.

Tommy O'C said...

"Elmer Gantry" was one of his lesser works. His portrayal of Gantry was a two-dimensional caricature. The movie was far superior in every way. Its characterization of Gantry, as well as Lancaster's much-deserved Oscar-winning performance, was far more compelling and multi-layered than Lewis's hack job. He was well into his alcoholism by the time he wrote Gantry and his literary reputation was in tatters. "Gantry" is embarrassingly simplistic, repetitive and melodramatic. It's difficult to believe that he did substantial research as there's little evidence of it on the printed page.

R.H. said...

Lewis pulled no punches describing America.

You're a patriotic chap. And good for you.

R.H. said...

How dimensional was Tricky?

I can count dozens.