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

Adventures in American Filmmaking #122


hundreds of extras wonder if the Craft Service will have enough food when the scene is finally done.

3 comments :

Ryan Kelly said...

Yeah, and then they all got food poisoning, and the groundwork for one of the most famous shots in American cinema was laid!

Brynn said...

Allegedly Val Lewton concocted this scene when he was working as Selznick's story editor. He threw it in for kicks assuming it was too expensive to attempt but that David O...

marietta said...

Eine riesenscene seiner Zeit.Kubrick hatte,als er "Barry Lindon" drehte von der Nasa spezielles Weitwincke-Objektiv erhalten und konnte so seine riesigen Schlacht-u.Kampfscenen eindrucksvoll vermitteln.Einer meiner Favoriten immer noch.