The Siren has just one link today, to a piece by Kim Morgan about her stint at the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival. This year Kim presented, among other things, He Ran All the Way, the final film of the great John Garfield, and spoke with Garfield's fabulous daughter Julie. The Siren shares Kim's evangelical fervor on the subject of Garfield's greatness, and since Kim admits to repeating herself on the topic, the Siren will too: Garfield is the actor who truly divides it all into Before and After.
And the Siren echos Kim's question: Where's HIS damn box set?
In small tribute, a brief, piercing passage from Hildegard Knef, the actress who spent some of Garfield's last hours on earth with him.
Garfield's deep-set eyes over the flame of a match.
'How long are you staying?' (he asks).
'I'm flying to Germany in the morning.'
'I'd like to go along! I don't have a passport.'
'You still got a lot of Nazis? I'm a Jew.'
'Don't know, they're quiet for the moment.'
'Ours are deafening. It evens things out.'