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, and famously didn’t reveal Keaton’s face. 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“ (Jonathan Rosenbaum). It also features fascinating clips of Keaton, including moving footage (and sound) of his first appearance at a film festival in 1965. He would die in 1966.
Film by Samuel Beckett
Alan Schneider, United States, 1965
Beckett’s Film, featuring Buster Keaton, is in essence a chase film—arguably the craziest committed to celluloid.