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

Artists and Animals #48

Peter Lorre lets a couple of cats walk all over him.


Timmy said...

"He-he, Awww, that's a good pair of nice little kittys, he-he, yes... We'll have to search around for some milk"

Christopher said...

keep that cat away from my hhhead!

Robert Fiore said...

Brilliant actor, trapped in roles as monsters, tortured souls and melodramatic heavies. But if you don't cast him as one of those, what do you cast him as? That's a question that I can't think of an answer to. The only answer anyone seemed to have was the higher sort of monster/tortured soul: Raskolnikov or the Child Murderer in M.

Brooks said...

Why voice overs, of course!

Kenmeer livermaile said...

Ernie Borgnine launched his star as Marty, a leading romantic role/tortured soul. Ended up playing lots of psycho-monsters. Someone should have cast Lorre in a similar role about aged folk. But soulful romantic comedies about old folks don't get much shrift, I guess.

markxus25 said...

He had some comedic turns late in career which came off well-self deprecating humor is best. See Silk Stockings, Beat the Devil, even Muscle Beach Party.

Unfortunately, due to ill health, he developed a morphine addiction, which I imagine helped color his screen performances.

A fine actor, often overlooked by film buffs. Fortunately, a lot of his films are available on DVD, since he was fortunate to work on a lot of truly great films, and a lot of lesser films that had great casts.