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

Before and After #210: David O. Selznick




Peter Nellhaus said...

The after shot is of a guy who known that even with Rock Hudson as his star, his days as a producer of hit movies is long gone.

Greg said...

He looks a little like Robert Prosky in the "After" shot.

Flynn D said...

Despite all of his accomplishments I can only see him as Hitchcock parodied him as the murderer in Rear Window.

Crisopera said...

Yeah, that horrendous version of A Farewell to Arms will do that to a guy.

swac said...

Oh well, Jennifer Jones wasn't a bad consolation prize.