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

The Golden Age of Publicity #25


William Powell examines the body of Louise Brooks in this publicity still from the 1929 Paramount release, The Canary Murder Case

15 comments :

Pop9 said...

Some guys are luckier than others.

Vanwall said...

Sigh.

Vanwall said...

Sigh.

MichaelRyerson said...

Someone, presumably the director, should have told the ineffable Ms. Brooks that being dead generally dislodges knit eyebrows.

ilikedginger said...

I want to see this so bad. I love William Powell and I'm interested in hearing how the dubbing fiasco turned out.

Christopher said...

don't let her get'cha in a headlock Nick!

Vanwall said...

Her eyebrows always looked that way.

MichaelRyerson said...

Vanwall, re:eyebrows, knit. Baloney. Don't let the bangs fool ya, overacting, weak directing.

Christopher said...

shes dreaming about hundreds of canaries all over her body..

swac said...

So shiny...

VP81955 said...

Some guys are luckier than others.

Yes -- not only did William Powell work on-screen with the likes of Louise Brooks and Myrna Loy, but he was invovled both on screen and off with two Hollywood goddesses, Carole Lombard and Jean Harlow. A splendid actor, too.

As for Ms. Brooks, she effectively self-sabotaged her career by refusing to return to Paramount from Europe for voice work when "The Canary Murder Case" was converted into a talkie. Another actress dubbed her voice, and Brooks' career quickly descended into character, then bit parts. I know a lot of people adore her, and understandably so, but face it -- at times she was her own worst enemy.

Geezernerd said...

Still and all, Pandoras Box is the only movie I ever watched three times in row, and it's a long movie. Incredible!

Campaspe said...

Vanwall, in all the (many) things I have read about Brooks, I have never read a good explanation for why she wouldn't do the dubbing. Seems it was no more than a remarkably capricious act of self-sabotage.

Vanwall said...

Personally, Siren, I see the hand of George Marshall, directly or indirectly, in that decision, which may only have postponed things if she'd said yes - her decision to pass on the "The Public Enemy" role was more of disaster in hindsight. She worked better in cosmopolitan settings, and prolly would've worked steadily if the Studios were still mainly in the NYC area. She really, truly, deeply, and a little madly, hated Hollywood.

STARTOONZ said...

William Powell was the man, & Louise Brooks was the woman!

http://themave.com/Powell/