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 an Item #88


Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy

9 comments :

Greg said...

I'm going to be the first to comment on my own posting like an idiot but I just wanted to say that, and I'm probably in the minority on this, I think Jessica Tandy was just beautiful. I'm probably one of the only people on Earth who thinks she was the prettiest actress in The Birds.

Tempest said...

I'm hard pressed to think of an acting couple like this today. Somebody help me?

Inquiring Camera Girl said...

I think she was beautiful, too. She had eyes full of kindness and warmth.

marietta said...

Jessica Tandy,also in "Fried green Tomatoes,unforgotten.Rare, to see a so fair and beautyful Face so manny Years.

Gunter Weltschmerz said...

They were both real actors. Not too many of those these days. Hume's Polonius upstaged R. Burton's Hamlet - very funny. And he was great as the prison guard in the movie with Lancaster. I think what's lacking in part with actors nowadays is that they don't (or can't)do serious theater along with the MTV like hollywood blockbuster fare.

Kreisler said...

Hume Cronym was very scary when he wanted. That prison guard turn mentioned by Gunter is one of the best sadisitic, gay Neitzschean routines on film.

michaelE said...

Together, 1981's "The Gin Game".

phil said...


Never more beautiful when they were together in The Seventh Cross(1944).

Lady Jaye said...

I too think she was beautiful when she was younger, but also as a senior. And it is great that they were able to work together on many projects...