Friday, January 8, 2010

Route of the Past

On memory lane elders tarry
as backwards their memories carry
And there, across time
recall the sublime:
A girl wearing white on the ferry

"A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all, but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl." Mr. Bernstein (Everett Sloane) in Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941).


Suzi said...

This is my favorite scene from KANE, and I have seen the film about 150 times. That's not an exaggeration.

surly hack said...

I've always loved the scene, too. It isn't clever or tricky, just moving.

Norm Knott said...

The other day I heard two people behind me talking. The male voice said "What's the name of that movie with Rosebud in it? It's by Orson Welles."
The female voice said "I don't even know who Orson Welles is"

surly hack said...