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

Adventures in American Filmmaking #134

Today's Adventure: Mike Nichols and Elizabeth Taylor exchange ideas on the set of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1965)


Tom Sutpen said...

Why do I get the sense that Nichols is doing a not entirely flattering imitation of Richard Burton here?

God, what an amazing film that is, though.

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

That could explain Taylor's mildly hostile posture. She's sort of looking at Mike like "What the hell did you just say?"

Amazing film indeed! With each passing year I admire Nichols more and more.

Monique said...

Nice photo but it couldn't possibly have been taken on the set; Elizabeth Taylor looks nothing like this in the film.

JonCow said...

I've read that Mike Nichols liked to do improvisational exercises during rehearsals. They are obviously portraying George and Martha as played by the cast of John Ford's The Searchers, John Wayne and Natalie Wood

Tom Sutpen said...

Or Peter Lorre and Mae West.