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

Before and After #226: Peter Lorre

Before


After

11 comments :

Laura Brown said...

He aged well.

MichaelRyerson said...

Before and after what? Although these images look to be roughly the same time frame, if anything he looks younger and more vibrant in the 'after' picture.

Timmy said...

Which ones before? Which one's after? (Heee-hee, I don't think anybody wants to know which is which, ehhh-hehe-hu)

MichaelRyerson said...

Actually he didn't age all that well, he put on a lot of weight and the effects of alcohol, nicotine and morphine addiction took their toll. I can't imagine he ever looked better than the second photograph here.

Peter L. Winkler said...

After looks better, for once.

swac said...

Before and after Fritz Lang?

Robert Fiore said...

Before looks like it's from the Hitchcock era, actually.

Musab said...

Hehe, well said swac.

Tom Sutpen said...

The 'Before' photo was taken around the time of Hitchcock's 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'; the 'After', some time in the late 30s . . . after he got to Hollywood.

Steve said...

Looks like he's playing an A Minor chord....

DickGreenleaf said...

Once he hit Hollywood Mr. Lazslo Lowenstein lost more than 30lbs. He looked at his best in The Maltese Falcon,