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

Aftermath: U.S.A. #12

Original Caption:

Anaheim -- Universal-International Studio played host to twenty-five Korean orphans, brought to Hollywood to work in the film 'Battle Hymn'. Their farewell treat before returning to their homeland was a visit to the fabulous 'Disneyland,' children's wonderland in California. Photo shows the Korean youngsters standing in front of one of Disneyland's legendary castles. The film is based on the true story of an Air Force Colonel who started an orphanage in Korea that is still being operated. (1956)


MSB said...

So, instead of finding homes for them, we just put them to work and then shipped them back? When you wish upon a star...

Christopher said...

I see a nice big home in the background there :o)

Geoff said...

cool exploitation

Richard Gibson said...

Interesting; 'Battle Hymn' is not a Sirk that is easily seen, at least in Europe. Not his best but still decent enough.

It is my hope this year to visit the castle in Segovia on which this Disney one is based.

Chap said...

My understanding is that the kids earned money they were able to use later. At the time the country was blasted to nothing and these kids needed anything they could get. It was good advertising too for fundraising; the thing was being funded by soldiers and such out of pocket.

One time the guys on the boat, when we pulled into Chinhae, volunteered at the orphanage. It's still going and doing good work, although now it's more like Boy's Town than a refugee camp.