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 #596


Nancy Marchand and Rod Steiger in the Goodyear Television Playhouse production of Marty, 1953.

5 comments :

gerryb said...

That's bizarre. I just heard an interview with Quentin Tarantino talking about this exact production of Marty.

Fred said...

Hey Rob, stop looking down Nancy's shirt or her son Tony is going to have to get medieval on your ass!

jim smith said...

About 10 years ago PBS re-ran the kinescope of '53 TV production. I remember Marty's mother warns him against Clara because a college- graduated girl is immediately suspect of being morally blase.

She says, "An educated women is only one step from the streets."

Poor Marty. Jim

BwcaBrownie said...

Great actors need great scripts, and Paddy Chayevsky got all the major awards for writing great lines like that
"an educated woman is only one step from the streets",
in Marty, Network and The Hospital.

TheWurx said...

When they made the movie "Marty", they cast Betsy Blair as Clara. The script says over and over what an unattractive girl she was. And Betsy Blair was cute as a button. She gave a fine performance, but she was badly miscast because, while she was no raving beauty, she was far more attractive than the script indicates.

I saw that kinescope of the original TV movie, and Nancy Marchand was MUCH more what that script had in mind. I don't know just how they dowdied her up, but she did look just like the kind of girl a jerk guy would ditch on a blind date, and her performance was heartbreaking and brilliant.

It's also interesting to compare Borgnine's and Steiger's performances. Borgnine is a naturally gregarious type, and Steiger felt like a bundle of inhibitions and self-loathing. Both were superb performances -- I wouldn't want to declare one superior to the other. But distinctly different colors.