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 Art of Cinema #411

Riot in Cell Block 11
(Don Siegel; 1954)


Marshall-Stacks said...

ANY movie that Frank Faylen was in, is great to watch;
Seigel's name was on a tombstone in a western once - possibly a Clint pic.
and Mr Seigel's CV contains 2 of my all time favourites:
The Killers, and
Kill Charley Varrick.
God I love Technicolor.
The Seigel-produced Faces (1968) gave Steven Speilberg his first directing gig, a one-day gift from Cassavetes (who was also in The Killers - everything is in circles.
Seigel gave us a great scene in that when Lee Marvin pistol whips a blind receptionist and as she lies on the floor unconscious he leans down, puts a finger to his lips and says "Sshhsh").

42nd Street Memories said...

Producer Walter Wanger conceptualized this film while he was doing time for shooting his wife's (Joan Bennett)agent. He suspected the two of having an affair.

Neville Brand would receive a British Oscar (BAFTA) nomination.

Leo Gordon, another great character actor and real life ex-con, had to enter and exit through a separate check point for extensive searching.

Jerry Kovar

Kreisler said...

Prefer the riot in block no 9