An exciting work on one of the most significant collaborations of the 7th Art
Samuel Beckett / Buster Keaton
Filmed in New York in the summer of 1964, Film was born of the unlikely association between two great artists of the 20th century: the playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett and the legend of burlesque cinema Buster Keaton. A true cinematographic UFO, this silent and avant-garde short film fascinates as much as it confuses its spectators...
The result of meticulous research and editing over more than seven years, Notfilm is both an erudite and captivating work on Samuel Beckett's unique foray into cinema, alongside actor and filmmaker Buster Keaton. Ross Lipman's documentary retraces the history of this extraordinary work, and questions what cinema can teach us about the human experience and creation...
FILM, a film by Samuel Beckett
NOTFILM, a film-essay by Ross Lipman
(1965 / 2015 – B&W / Colors and B&W – 22 mins / 128 mins)
. STREET SCENE (LOST SCENE) (6 mins)
. DOG AND CAT TAKES (8 mins)
. "WHAT IF E HAS HIS EYES CLOSED?" (7 mins)
Sound recordings by Samuel Beckett, Alan Schneider, Boris Kaufman and Burr Smidt.
. BUSTER KEATON AND FILM : CONVERSATION WITH JAMES KAREN (42 mins)
. MEMORIES OF SAMUEL BECKETT: AN AFTERNOON WITH JAMES KNOWLSON (8 mins)
. JEAN SCHNEIDER REMEMBERS ALAN SCHNEIDER (11 mn)
. JEANNETTE SEAVER ON BECKETT AND GODOT (4 mn)
. PHOTOGRAPH FILM
- PHOTOGRAPHING BECKETT: CONVERSATION WITH STEVE SCHAPIRO AND IC RAPOPORT (7 mins)
- DOCUMENT FILM (3 PHOTO GALLERIES)
. NOTFILM SOUNDTRACK COMPOSED BY MIHÁLY VÍG
Released October 16, 2019