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

Sex Education #102


Barbara Steele

Cinema Indigo #8


Beware!
(Bud Pollard; 1946)

When Legends Gather #398


Gary Cooper drops by the set of Union Pacific to chat with Cecil B. DeMille while Joel McCrea looks slightly incredulous.

Seminal Image #817


Divorce Italian Style
(Pietro Germi; 1961)

Adventures in European Filmmaking #41


Today's Adventure: British mystery maven Edgar Wallace takes a stab at directing Red Aces in 1929.

Artists in Action #367


Allen Jenkins takes Joan Crawford for a spin

When Legends Gather #397


Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev and Chuck Connors

Artists & Animals #5


Ann-Margret takes a Tortoise for a stroll

Hierophants of Hip Hop #9


Big Daddy Kane

The Golden Age of Publicity #14


Original Caption:

Hollywood -- Liberace, piano-playing idol of women television audiences, revealed that he hopes to marry Joanne Rio, 24, the "Girl of his Dreams", in a year. In an exclusive United Press interview, Liberace confided he had proposed and hoped to marry Joanne within the year "if she really loves me and wants to wait for me." He said concert, television and film commitments would keep him from marrying for a year. Here, the two are shown during a recent date at a Hollywood supper club. (1954)

Artists in Action #366


Anita O'Day lets a song go out of her heart

Seminal Image #816


Hospital
(Frederick Wiseman; 1970)

The Cool Hall of Fame #123


Lee Marvin

S is for Steichen #5


Josef von Sternberg

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #53


Tricky weeps (1952)

The Art of Cinema #307


Lancelot du Lac
(Robert Bresson; 1974)

(vast and Arthurian thanks to John Macdonald for this image)

Before and After #126: Lew Wasserman

Before


After

Ziegfeld Girls #10


Billie Dove

Cinema in the Shadow of History #2


Atlanta, Georgia (1968)

When Legends Gather #396


Audrey Hepburn and Brandon DeWilde

They Were Collaborators #458


The Sir Douglas Quintet

H is for Hogarth #2


An Election Entertainment (1754)

The Art of Pop #20


Subways Are for Sleeping
(Percy Faith and His Orchestra)
(Columbia Records; 1961)

Annals of Crime #20


Original Caption:

Police are shown carrying out the body of Serge Rubinstein from his Fifth Avenue home where he was found slain today in an upstairs bedroom. Authorities said that the Russian born millionaire appeared to have been strangled. His body was found with hands and feet tied and the mouth taped. It is believed that he died after a "terrific struggle" with an intruder. According to police, "it could have been robbery" but the theory of planned attack was not ruled out. The 46 year old international financier was the central figure of a World War II 'draft dodger' case, and prior to his death had been fighting a deportation order. (1955)

The Art of Cinema #306


The Power and the Glory
(William K. Howard; 1933)

Artists in Action #365


Errol Flynn does standup

Friends and Family #30


Original Caption:

New York -- Gambler Frank Costello, head bandaged and blood on his coat, is escorted by detectives from Roosevelt Hospital. Costello, returning to his swank apartment after an evening out, was shot and wounded by an unknown assailant who apparently lay in ambush for him. According to the superintendent, who witnessed the shooting, the gunman waited in a car. (1957)

This Week's Weegee #39

Joints #10


The Cotton Club

Seminal Image #815


I Vitelloni
(Federico Fellini; 1953)

They Were Collaborators #457


Busby Berkeley and Mickey Rooney

Collect 'Em All #49


Jack Oakie
No. 34 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Jack Oakie, whose real name is Lewis Offield, was born on November 14th, 1903, in Sedalia, Missouri, and educated at La Salle High School, New York. Leaving school, he became a clerk in the the office of a Wall Street broker, but chiefly occupied himself in entertaining the other clerks and devoting much more attention to his activities in amateur theatricals. Later he was offered a job as partner to a well-known vaudeville star, and then received a small part in a Laura La Plante comedy Finders Keepers. His latest successes include Murder at the Vanities, Looking for Trouble and Shoot the Works.

Similar Images #7


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
(Robert Wiene; 1920)



Frankenstein
(James Whale; 1931)

They Were An Item #43


Julie London and Bobby Troup

The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes #14


The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes make a tranquil return to this blog.

Under discussion in Part Fourteen are Notorious (1946) and The Paradine Case (1947)

Jesters of the Empire #8


Charles Hawtrey

Artists in Action #364


Glenn Miller shows a sign of life

When Legends Gather #395


Patti Smith and Arthur Miller

Hierophants of Hip Hop #7


Slick Rick

Fun at Bohemian Grove #29


Bohemians in Stereo (1903)

Artists In Action #363


Frank Sinatra gets intimate with the camera.

The Ink & Paint Set #33


Charles Chaplin, Sid Grauman and Buster Keaton in Mickey's Gala Premiere.
(Burt Gillett; Disney; 1933)

Sex Education #101


Isabella Rossellini

Artists & Animals #4


Mary Pickford hoses down a bear cub.

The Art of Jazz #59


Cuban Fire
Stan Kenton
(Capitol; 1956)