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 Frame Within the Frame #5


Young Man With a Horn
(Michael Curtiz; 1950)

5 comments :

Keith Beach said...

Not sure about this one....a young boy looking through a window at someone playing with their horn. OOHH err Missus!

Fernando said...

I have never heard of this movie until now (shame on me, I'm sure) but damn if that isn't one hell of a shot. Have to look this one up now.

Christopher said...

I used to love this movie..haven't seen it in years!!..Hoagy Carmichael smoke!

Tommy O'C said...

There are some great on-location shots of NYC. One sequence has some awesome shots of the old Third Avenue Elevated (better than those in The Lost Weekend, in my opinion).
At one point, Douglas is walking through Harlem and bumping into people (his character is heavy into booze) who, I'm convinced, didn't know they were in a movie (it appears he was filmed from a moving vehicle). Damn, Gotham looked good.

swac said...

Beautiful film, for sure. Caught it on CBC late night when I was a teen, and eventually picked it up on laserdisc. It figures prominently in the "New York" section of the cinematographers' documentary Visions of Light.