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Film / Notfilm

Alternative title
Film: A Film by Samuel Beckett / Notfilm: A Kino Essay by Ross Lipman
Synopsis
FILM (Alan Schneider,1965, 22 mins) is the Nobel prize winner Samuel Beckett’s only screenplay, starring Buster Keaton.

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 Buñuel, Vertov, Vigo and Eisenstein, and featuring interviews with cinematographer Haskell Wexler, Billie Whitelaw and the film’s producer Barney Rosset, NOTFILM examines the project’s themes and legacy.

Also included is the rare 1979 British remake of FILM starring the comedian Max Wall.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2017
Notes
The bfi’s 2017 Dual Format DVD / Blu-Ray includes the following extras:

The Street Scene (6 mins): A Lost Scene Reconstruction from the Film Outtakes

The Dog and Cat takes (9mins): outakes 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 English captioning)

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 mins)

Photographing Beckett (7 mins)

The Music of NOTFILM: Downloadable MP3 Recordings by Mihály Víg (DVD only)
Subjects
Drama; Film studies
Keywords
Beckett, Samuel (1906-1989); film theory; silent films; drama - Irish; Keaton, Buster (1895-1966)

Credits

Director
Alan Schneider; Ross Lipman
Writer
Samuel Beckett
Contributor
Barney Rosset; Billie Whitelaw; Haskell Wexler
Cast
Buster Keaton 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
152 minutes
Year
2017

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

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