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 Frame Within the Frame #29

The Party
The Party
(Blake Edwards; 1968).

They Were Collaborators #689

Cammell & Roeg
Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg

The Gunslinger Guide: Natalie Wood #18

Natalie Wood

When Legends Gather #622

Bergaman & Hemingway
Ingrid Bergman and Ernest Hemingway

Art of Cinema #466


Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment
(Karel Reisz; 1966)

Seminal Image #1021


Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment
(Karel Reisz; 1966)

They Were Collaborators #688


Vanessa Redgrave and Karel Reisz

Seminal Image #1020


Lola
(Jacques Demy; 1961)

When Legends Gather #621


Hiroshi Teshigahara, Anouk Aimee, Jacques Demy and Saro Urzi.

They Were Collaborators #687
Charlie Louvin Dies at 83


The Louvin Brothers, in better days.

Charlie Louvin followed brother Ira into the great beyond on Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Read his obit in The Washington Post here.

American Dance Orchestras of the 1920s #22


The Book-Nook Jazzophiles
(featuring Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke on cornet)

Artifacts #21


The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate

Great Moments In Moxie #26


Chagrin Falls, Ohio shows off its Moxie.

Artists in Action #627


Alfred Hitchcock wonders if he should have quit while he was ahead.

Men of the West #44


William S. Hart

Artists and Animals #68


James Cagney holds a Tiger cub by the t'roat

The Cool Hall of Fame #204


Preston Sturges

The Gunslinger Guide to Jean Seberg #8

Movie Directors and the Means of Production #16


Movie Director: John Cassavetes
Means: Camera, Hidden Camera Operator
Production: Too Late Blues (1961)

True Tales from the Bicentennial Year #7


Original Caption:

Dallas -- President Gerald Ford arrives at a Republican Party celebration after his debate against Gov. Jimmy Carter (1976)

The Gunslinger Guide to Catherine Deneuve #10

Similar Images #14


La Dolce Vita
(Federico Fellini; 1960)


$
(Richard Brooks; 1971)

The Cool Hall of Fame #203


Wanda Jackson

The Art of Cinema #465


Hoop-La
(Frank Lloyd; 1933)

They Were Collaborators #686


Stephen Sondheim toasts Lee Remick at the Anyone Can Whistle premiere afterparty.

Ancient Voices #30


Elizabeth Cotten

A is for Arbus #56


Two ladies at the automat (1966)

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #111


Tricky taunts his subjects from behind bullet-proof glass (1973)

Signs and Meaning in Cinema #48


Signs: -30-
(Jack Webb; 1959)

Weekend #9

The Art of the Close-Up #10


Baby Face Nelson
(Cinematographer: Hal Mohr)
(Don Siegel; 1957)

In the Studio #70


Bernard Herrmann

They Were Collaborators #685


Richard and Robert Sherman

Hierophants of Hip-Hop #13


Heavy D

Artists in Action #626


Brandon DeWilde indulges a co-star's Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

They Were Collaborators #684

jerry colonna tuesday weld bob hope
Jerry Colonna, Tuesday Weld and Bob Hope.

Artists and Animals #67

Joan and friend
Joan Crawford and friend.

Annals of Public Performance #33

Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman
Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall, 1978.

Treading the Boards #35

Gwen Verdon and Jerry Orbach in Chicago
Gwen Verdon and Jerry Orbach perform a scene from Chicago, 1974.

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #30

Kate and Dick
Katherine Hepburn and Dick Cavett share a laugh on her second consecutive appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, 1973.

L Is For Lange #9


Bad Trouble Over the Weekend (1964)

A Kovacs Moment #3


Sgt. Ernie smokes underwater.

Artifacts #20


A Zanti Misfit

Artists and Animals #66


Amanda Blake is nuzzled by a fellow Gunsmoke cast member.

They Were Collaborators #683


The Jayhawks

Musical Indulgence #12


Cosmic Slop promo film (1973)

In the very first Musical Indulgences post, Tom indicated that he wanted to keep the posting of music clips to a minimum on the Gunslinger, but sometimes a gem comes along that you can't resist sharing. First off, it wasn't until the end-of-year celebrity obit roundups that I learned that Funkadelic singer and guitarist Gary Shider had passed away on June 16, 2010, and I feel remiss in not acknowledging that sad fact sooner. What better way to do that than to watch this mind-blowing clip for Cosmic Slop, featuring the Funkadelic freak factory in full regalia in Central Park and on the Manhattan streets (check out those movie billboards). Shider, who sings lead on the recording, isn't hard to spot, he's the one in the diaper.

The Art of Cinema #464


1984
(Michael Anderson; 1956)

Broadcasters #85


The on-air staff of BBC Radio One, circa 1967.

The Ink & Paint Set #40


Joe E. Brown and Martha Raye
from Mother Goose Goes Hollywood
(Wilfred Jackson, Tee Hee; Walt Disney; 1938)

In the Studio #69


Mickey and Sylvia attempt to determine exactly how strange love is, with some outside help.