Sunday, June 08, 2014

Samuel Beckett's Film

Samuel Beckett only made one movie, a 1965 short film starring Buster Keaton. The film is named Film. It's an odd project. Imdb has this summary:
A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based around Bishop Berkeley's principle 'esse est percipi' (to be is to be perceived), Keaton's very existence conspires against his efforts. -Written by Michael Brooke

via vimeo:

I found out about this through Open Culture, where you can find information on the making of the movie. The Guardian reports:
Film, because of its brevity and its obtuse subject matter, proved almost impossible to market though, ironically, it did play as part of a Keaton season in the following year's New York Film Festival where it was greeted with what Cronin calls 'a resentful silence' that was broken by the chorus of loud booing that accompanied the credits. It has seldom been shown since and predictably has attained cult status among both Beckett and Keaton aficionados.
There is a documentary called "Not Film" in the works, and you can see the trailer for that via youtube:

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