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 #167: Stanley Kubrick

Before


After

9 comments :

Vanwall said...

Once a Bolex, always a Bolex.

swac said...

I wonder what he's shooting in that first image...maybe one of those early short documentaries?

Tom Sutpen said...

It's from '63, so it's undoubtedly the Burpleson Air Force base battle scenes in Strangelove. Kubrick always did his own hand-held camerawork (and always seemed to have a photographer on the scene to get a few shots of him doing it . . . which I'm sure was purely by happenstance. No vainglory there)

welikevans said...

thats not a bolex. it is an arri.

marklunn said...

an Arriflex 35-2C. 3 lens turret on the front. before pic has a 200' mag, the after a 400'

welikevans said...

totally freaking awesome. yes mark!
kubrick was a freak for the arriflex brand.

Vanwall said...

I forgot that. I was thinking it was a Rex 5. My son even said something of that sort when he brought an Arri home for film classes.

swac said...

I forgot he looked that young on Strangelove. For some reason I thought the beard came with the '60s.

Oddly enough, I was just listening to McDowell's commentary on Clockwork Orange where he's making fun of Kubrick's handheld camera work.

No wonder he didn't cast him as Barry Lyndon.

Campaspe said...

He is unexpectedly quite, quite sexy in that top photo.