Saturday, November 27, 2010

We come with the dust, and we go with the wind.

Another belated tribute to the actress Sylvia Davis, who died earlier this month. Sylvia played Arlo Guthrie's mother, Marjie, in the movie of Alice's Restaurant, directed by Arthur Penn, who also died recently. (He followed Alice's Restaurant with Bonnie and Clyde.)

Here's a link to a clip that briefly features Sylvia (years before I first met her), which I managed to track down on the Turner Classic Movies website -- sorry, I can't embed the clip into this post. Arlo visits his dying father, Woody Guthrie, in hospital, to find him being serenaded by none other than Pete Seeger, playing himself and and a banjo. That first song, "Pastures of Plenty," which was written by Woody Guthrie, is utterly haunting.

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