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 #567

Malcolm McDowell and Stanley Kubrick


Kitchen Mike said...

they weren't artistic collaborators, really. they clicked.

Christopher said...

NICE ;o)

Tommy O'C said...

They really did click. So much so that McDowell was deeply hurt for years that they didn't remain friends after the picture. He was young and didn't realize the nature of relationships on a film set.

Years later, McDowell said he learned to accept that they would never work together again, but he felt that Stanley could at least have taken his phone calls.

viddy well, little brother, viddy well

swac said...

It makes sense, considering he had a much different working relationship with his If... director Lindsay Anderson, which did appear to be a genuine friendship.

Malcolm's commentary on the most recent Clockwork Orange DVD is most amusing, it sounds like he often took the mickey out of Kubrick (which might explain a few things) and he often lapses into a deadpan impression of the director, which you gather he's been perfecting for the last few decades.

Christopher said...

One of my fave DVD commentaries..I was most amused at his imitations of "the fella,sitting on the sofa munchy wunching lomticks of toast"
and that he remembered that awful "I'm gonna marry a Lighthouse Keeper" song.. :o))

swac said...

Sadly, I'm doomed to remember that Lighthouse Keeper song thanks to a local TV channel that had a little time-filling film they'd run (when there was no ad, or due to technical difficulties) of lighthouse scenery montages set to that very song.

I saw that a lot as a kid.