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 #139

Today's Adventure: Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz discusses Gore Vidal & Tennessee Williams' script for Suddenly, Last Summer with one of the film's stars, Elizabeth Taylor (1959).


Fred said...

Gore Vidal and Tennessee Williams? And Montgomery Clift is in it? Subtext, what subtext?

mantmarble said...

Nice post. Sometimes the sexual subtext overpowers everything and makes us forget just how ridiculous what we are watching truly is. For instance, check out this clip of Dicey and Paprika (a weirdo East Coast lounge duo) right here: