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 #574


Carol Reed and Orson Welles

10 comments :

Richard said...

Cuckoo clock, Orson? You want to put a cuckoo clock in the script?

Kreisler said...

Selznick and Korda originally wanted Noel Coward to play the part of Harry Lime. Reed went to enormous lengths, against the producers' wishes, to get Welles. Good job Carol.

Nate said...

I can almost hear the zither...

Christopher said...

can't understand a word you're saying old boy,the echo in this tunnel is monsterous..

Vanwall said...

Watch out for the cat.

Mister Delicious said...

me too, nate

Christopher said...

lol..the Cat with the zither music always makes me giggly..

Tommy O'C said...

can't understand a word you're saying old boy,the echo in this tunnel is monsterous.."I said, IT FECKING STINKS DOWN HERE!!!"

Joe Thompson said...

Welles got a lot of mileage out of Harry Lime. He even played him in "The Lives of Harry Lime," where Harry was a sort of hero.

http://www.otr.net/?p=lime

Regards,
Joe Thompson ;0)

Gene Casey said...

It wasn't until the Criterion DVD release that I could actually SEE the last reel of this film.