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 the Vast Wasteland #2


Today's Adventure: Lucy and Desi shoot a scene in the bedroom. I Love Lucy shot each episode on 35mm film with three cameras in front of a studio audience. How the audience managed to see anything I have no idea.

8 comments :

swac said...

Can you spot Karl Freund in there?

What a career, from Metropolis to I Love Lucy, but you can bet which one was seen by more people.

Christopher said...

you can detect a better quality of look in the old Lucys that other TV shows of the time didn't have,big spaces no clutter,actors centered at a pleasent medium to medium closeup most of the time..enough room to throw in a GOLEM..lookout Rick!

Tommy O'C said...

Notice the happy couple is not actually in bed during the "bedroom scene." Think: Immaculate Deception.

Greg said...

Also, look closely and you'll see it's two single beds pushed together, surely to be pulled back apart at night when it's bedtime.

Fred said...

Greg, in answer to your question, the studio audience saw the "laugh" and "applause" perfectly fine, at least based on the re-runs I saw.

Greg said...

Ha, exactly. But in all seriousness I have seen shows produced and know that most have steeply inclined seating (today it's called stadium seating) that starts about six feet up just above the camera level. They also have moniters so that you can watch it there while in the audience, if one so desires.

Tommy O'C said...

Two single beds pushed together. But you won't see Lucy & Desi in bed together at the same time. And that's the take-home message.

Gerard Saylor said...

Didn't Desi have an unfortunate habit of taking other women to bed instead?