Notfilm testifies to an almost inexhaustible fascination with the pleasures and paradoxes of cinema.A. O. Scott, New York Times
In 1965 Samuel Beckett released his only film, a collaboration with Buster Keaton that obliquely explored cinema and perception. Ross Lipman’s fascinating kino-essay examines the production and implications of the resulting Film. Drawing on outtakes, audio recordings, and other rare archival materials, Notfilm is “a brilliant examination of its significance in relation to Beckett’s dramatic works and to film theory. Lipman very persuasively and masterfully shows Film's continuing importance” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).
Samuel Beckett’s Film
Alan Schneider, United States, 1965
Beckett’s Film is in essence a chase film—arguably the craziest committed to celluloid.