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 Executive Class #2

Paul Bern


mister muleboy said...

You know the issues had to be profound if he was unable to perform with Jean Harlow (admittedly a studio-developed fiction, but necessary to my "punchline").

I began performing with her in 1972, and continue to do so to this day. . . .

Robert said...

Although Paul Bern has gone down in film history for his untimely death and unfortunate marriage to Jean Harlow, he deserves more. He seems to have been the person who taught her how to become Jean Harlow. Before meeting him, she was one of many smart, attractive young women gracing the screen. After meeting Bern, she displayed the extraordinary combination of sex-appeal and sense of humor that made her, however briefly, a great star and a fine actress. Bern also directed a number of films, one of which, Open All Night (1924), is currently available on dvd. It is a sex comedy in the Lubitsch vein. While not quite on a level with the Master, it is a funny and moving film. It certainly makes me want to see more of his work.