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 #135


Today's Adventure: With cast gathered 'round him wearily, Howard Hawks gets to the bottom of The Big Sleep (1945)

7 comments :

Loyolalaw98 said...

Is it true that Hawks had to telegram Raymond Chandler to ask who had killed a character (the chaffeur?) And then got the response "I don't know."

Vanwall said...

Chandler was testy - he knew damn well what went on.

Joe Brody is about to get it in the next scene - another man who's not smart all the way around the course. Agnes shoulda tried selling real grapefruit.

squeezegutalley said...

Hawks in interview: "I asked him [Chandler] to explain who killed so-and-so. He wired back and said it was George somebody. I said it couldn't be George; he was down at the beach at that time. He wired back and said, 'Then I don't know either.' Actually we didn't care. it was the first time I made a picture and just decided I wasn't going to explain things. I was just going to try and make good scenes."

My guess is that Hawks is having fun with his interviewer...

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MichaelRyerson said...

Agnes: 'Well, so long, copper. Wish me luck. I got a raw deal.'

Marlowe: 'Hey, your kind always does.'

Brooks said...

Back in the day porn was sold at rare book stores.

Brooks said...

... and the scene with the girl down in the bookstore down the street where Bogey stays for a while. Wow.

Brynn said...

That girl in the bookstore was a pre-platinum Dorothy Malone!