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

When Legends Gather #557
The Gunslinger Guide to Sophia Loren #2


Peter Lorre kisses the hand of Ms. Loren.

9 comments :

swac said...

And in the next shot he swallows it whole.

Gunter Weltschmerz said...

"it was de hand! de hand!" Sophia looks charmed - to her credit: I don't think i'd like him to kiss my hand - some other body part perhaps.

Tempest said...

Something has caught his eye. The string of pearls or what's underneath
the pearls.

Or both.

Christopher said...

..ohhh let me kiss det h'and!..oh...the pearls the pearls

swac said...

The funny thing is, after I posted this I watched Lorre in Karl Freund's Mad Love, and he spends a lot of time kissing Frances Drake's hand, but with an obsessive glare that makes it look like he'd just as soon marinate and grill it.

estiv said...

Her smile is clear and strong. If this photo was taken in Hollywood, which is likely since that's where Lorre spent the last thirty years of his life and where Loren was doing some work by the late fifties, it may have just been that she was happy to meet a fellow European with some old-fashioned manners. Ot she might be being polite to a horny old man who is (at the time) more famous than she is.

Timmy said...

"Hee-he--uh, is theees the hand you rubbed the kitten with? Oh, my..."

hcb said...

Lorre could be incredibly charming on screen when given the chance, and a decent script to work with. He could also be world weary and proto-Beat.

swac said...

The photo was taken at a party that was thrown especially in her honour around the time of The Pride and the Passion. There are a couple other photos floating around from the event, one with Tony Perkins, some with Cary Grant, Jack Benny and Art Linkletter (Sinatra is conspicuous by his absence).