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

They Were Collaborators #562


Richard Widmark and Gene Tierney

8 comments :

Kreisler said...

You're a dead man Harry Fabian, a dead man.

MichaelRyerson said...

Ugh! Tierney has all the charm of a stainless steel pole. Never one to project warmth or cordiality here she manages to generate sympathy for Widmark. No mean feat.

Huck Caton said...

Oh, I don't know, Gene worked up a little warmth in "Leave Her To Heaven" and… wait, no she didn't. Hmmm, well, she *smiled* in a few "The Mating Season" scenes—does that count?

Quite the dish, but yes, a little chilly.

Read her ghosted autobiography so I understand she didn't have the easiest life, but still…

justjack said...

Introduced my 14-year-old son to Richard Widmark by way of "Kiss Of Death." He ate it up. Edge of his seat, literally. What a terrific rush it was, watching him taking in the movie for the first time. Tommy Udo definitely made an impression.

"OMG!! He actually pushed her down the stairs! An old lady!!"

[sweet!]

Vanwall said...

One was the incomparable Udo, the other wore sunglasses in a rowboat - and just as chilling.

-vt- said...

Great! Now I'm waiting for a Ladd/Lake picture. :)

...and it's been more than a year since Widmark (and Dassin) died. Damn.

swac said...

Here's a little dip in the Lake to tide you over...

-vt- said...

Thanks! I love this woman... It's sad what she went through after her career flopped.