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

Jack Cardiff died, last month at 94


I didn't pick up on this sooner but noticed an obituary, of sorts in the June issue of Sight and Sound. Apparently he died last month; April 22nd.
The Daily Telegraph obituary is here.

4 comments :

daggy said...

I was wondering when you guys would correct this most glaring omission...Mr. Cardiff was certainly one of the greatest cinematographers in movie history. I was fortunate to have seen him in person at a screening of "Black Narcissus" at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills about three years ago. His transcendent work in that film and "The Red Shoes" - both for Powell/Pressburger, of course - will never be equaled. And he seemed a vibrant gentleman at that screening it was hard to believe he'd already turned 90...

Tom Sutpen said...

Speaking only for myself, I knew Cardiff had passed when he did, but I deliberately chose not to do an Obit entry because I knew that other film blogs would be marking the event. Last thing I wanted was another 'Who asked you to chime in?' response from those quarters (which I've gotten in the past when I've dared to add my uninvited voice to the concord, as it were).

MichaelRyerson said...

Post whatever moves you, Tom. Illegitimati Non Carborundum.

Fred said...

Cinebeats did an excellent job of marking the passing of Cardiff with some wonderful posts on Girl on a Motorcycle.