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 #124


Today's Adventure: Walter Abel kneels on the set of Mr. Skeffington while Bette Davis looks for loopholes (1944)

6 comments :

Peter Nellhaus said...

Um, Greg, the title is Mr. Skeffington, although, yes, Bette Davis does play the wife of Claude Rains, who has the title role.

Greg said...

Oops, thanks for catching my typo Peter.

Philip said...

That's Walter Abel, not Vincent Sherman.

Greg said...

Well Jesus, I really needed to pull my head out of my ass on this post huh? Thanks Philip. My apologies for such a careless slip.

MichaelRyerson said...

Well, that's all well and good, fellas, but...where's her other leg and foot? Jesus, she looks like an amputee in this shot.

Greg said...

Vincent Sherman ran off with her other leg.