Saturday, April 18, 2015

From Enchantment (1948)

The following is an excerpt from the movie, Enchantment (1948).  It had an opening scene set in a city with the focus on a house and the following is part of the opening words:

You almost passed me.
No wonder.
We all look a like...
you can only know what makes a house different if you stop.
You must go inside and spend a little time....
See what the mirrors have seen,
Know what the clocks know
Hear what the walls have heard

Listen with your heart

I am more than stone and wood.
Somethings here are the same common to all houses
A doorbell echos in the hall,
footsteps run up and down the stairs,
a piano is played,
windows opened and shut
a tap runs and is silent
A light goes on in a room at night, and then goes off again

But those are the pulse beats, not the heart.
I miss my people 
In me they live

I could not have said it any better.  I heard those first few words as we were flipping through the channels one night.  I did not watch the entire movie...but I did watch for a little bit.  I love those lines:
See what the mirrors have seen,
Know what the clocks know,
Hear what the walls have heard


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful old house. Wouldn't you have loved to see it when it was first built and must have been grand! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Diane

Anonymous said...

I have a fascination for old homes and would love to know all about them. If only the walls could talk!

Anonymous said...

p.s. Rose, I think you would love Scott Garlock's photography. Just google his name. Old houses, abandoned properties etc.

Jacquelineand.... said...

I love these old beauties, and would rescue each one if I could.

Ginny said...

I love it!!!! Oh, this poor house. It must have been grand in it's day.

Sandra said...

I love the photo and love the words, perfect together and I like the part you liked best and the part that got me was this

A light goes on in a room at night, and then goes off again
Daddy always had to wake up when i called down the hall, and turn his flashlight on for me to go potty, then turn it off when I said OK...

MarmePurl said...

Photo and prose. What a combo!

DeniseinVA said...

Fabulous Rose!

eileeninmd said...

Great post! What a beautiful old house.. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Small City Scenes said...

Boy oh boy that says it all. The last two lines too
'I miss my people
in me they live'
Excellent post and lovely sad old house.

mrsbearfoot said...

I love the poem, and your image is perfect for it!

This reminds me of a house we sometimes drive by in Danville, although it is not quite this far gone. This one looks like it was quite majestic in its day!


Michelle said...

What a great, old house and those words, to go with it, are perfect!!!

Carletta said...

Oh my, wish I had written that. Such wonderful thoughts. I'm looking at the lathe walls in this house. Lots of work.

EG CameraGirl said...

What a grand place this must have been at one time!