Film (Alan Schneider, 1965, 22 mins) is the Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett s only screenplay, starring the legendary Buster Keaton. Made in 1965 this short has been recently restored by Ross Lipman and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. In his extensive Kino-Essay, Notfilm (2015, 129 mins), Ross Lipman explores the literary, cinematic and personal history surrounding the production. Citing clips from the work of BuÃ±uel, Vertov, Vigo and Eisenstein, and featuring interviews with cinematographer Haskell Wexler, Billie Whitelaw and the film's producer Barney Rossey,... Notfilm examines the project's themes and legacy in an original, creative and dynamic fashion. Also included is the rare 1979 British remake of Film starring comedian Max Wall. Special Features: The Street Scene (6 mins): A lost scene reconstruction from the film outtakes The Dog and Cat Takes (9 mins): Outtakes from the 1965 version of Film 'What if E's Eyes Were Closed?' (7 mins): Audio recordings of Beckett, Kaufman and Schneider (7 mins, with hard-of-hearing subtitles) Buster Keaton and Film: James Karen in Conversation (42 mins) Memories of Samuel Beckett: An Afternoon with James Knowlson (8 mins) Jeanette Seaver: Beckett and Godot (4 mins) Stills and Photo Gallery (TBC) Photographing Beckett (7 mins) The Music of NOTFILM: Downloadable MP3 recording by MihÃ¡ly VÃg (DVD only) Illustrated booklet with new writings by Ross Lipman, Michael Brooke and Vic Pratt [show more]
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Ross Lipman directs this experimental documentary about the silent short 'Film' (1965), written by Samuel Beckett. The feature chronicles the making of Beckett's only movie which left its star Buster Keaton confused and its writer deriding it as a failure. Featuring archive footage, critics' interpretations and taped conversations between Beckett and 'Film''s director Alan Schneider, the documentary explores the background and influence of the abstract, solipsistic short.