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

Blake Edwards dies at 88

Blake Edwards demonstrates the proper stance for Clouseau's karate.

After years of failing health, comedy directing great Blake Edwards has gone to the party in the sky.

Read the Variety obit here.


swac said...

*cues up the theme to Experiment in Terror*

blankemon said...

Love this quote I found in the NY Times' obit:
“My entire life has been a search for a funny side to that very tough life out there,” Mr. Edwards once said. “I developed a kind of eye for scenes that made me laugh to take the pain away.”

swac said...

Great quote. I was glad to see him have a career resurgance with 10, SOB and Victor/Victoria. The films that followed may not have been classics, but some of them had their moments. At least he always admitted that he learned from the greats (Keaton, Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy).

Surreality said...

Just heard this:
Mario Monicelli died at 95 almost thee weeks ago. Jumped from a hospital window...

Two more of my favorites gone.

Richard said...

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S. Aside from all the other things (both great and regrettable) usually remembered about it, I was most struck by the feeling that this was the first party of this movie generation where the partiers were cool like 'us', and that the social lubricant wasn't only alcohol. I don't think they showed anything, but you just knew there was a smoky back room somewhere.