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 #138


Today's Adventure: On the set of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Robert Aldrich is on the verge of instructing his principal cast to start acting their age or else (1962)

4 comments :

Monique said...

I live near the house where exteriors for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? were filmed. I've always wanted to rent it for Halloween just to have a Baby Jane Hudson look-alike hand out candy at the door, while a Blanche Hudson look-alike sits bound and gagged in a wheelchair a few feet behind, struggling to no avail.

Christopher said...

I'd love to stay in the Baby Jane house!
This picture is so funny..expressions speak louder than words!

Kalli said...

That sounds like the best Halloween idea ever! I'd love to go to the Baby Jane house!

Ann O'Dyne said...

... when she slaps down that rat dinner ... Miss Davis was truly a monument.