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 #125


Today's Adventure: Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack relax with the natives during a break in filming Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life.

3 comments :

Flickhead said...

An excellent film. I posted a couple of similar photos with this review.

Peter Nellhaus said...

Looks like they might be smoking some grass as well.

swac said...

Thanks flick! Seems like they were a bunch of happy hookahs.

Nice mention of White Thunder/The Viking, I didn't know Varick Frissell was an acquaintance of Cooper's but it makes sense. A friend of mine from Newfoundland says his grandfather was one of the sealers bounding over the ice in The Viking, thankfully he wasn't on the boat that exploded and killed Frissell and his crew.