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

The Art of Cinema #427


The Red Badge of Courage
(John Huston; 1951)

6 comments :

Christopher said...

a one of a kind powerhouse of a movie,even in all its troubled shortened form..

42nd Street Memories said...

I agree. Underrated film. Also proved that Audie Murphy could act when guided by a top notch filmmaker.

Tod Brody said...

Is that the cartoonist Bill Mauldin? Didn't know he was an actor.

Christopher said...

yep its the same Bill Mauldin

farouchegrande said...

if you manage to find the book "Picture" by Lillian Ross (republished by Da Capo Press a few years ago), don't miss it.

upon Huston's request, Ross followed the whole creative process behind this movie from the script to the premiere, and there's a lot more in it than you see on screen. one wonders, if the movie is what it is after all the changes MGM forced upon it, what a masterpiece would it be if they let it be as JH conceived it...

Gerard Saylor said...

Mauldin was not an actor. I read a recent Mauldin biography that said Murphy disliked Mauldin because Mauldin was an artist.

I think Max Allan Collins mentioned before - it may have been here - that he partly modeled a character after Murphy.