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 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 in an original, creative and dynamic fashion.
Also included is the rare 1979 British remake of FILM starring the comedian Max Wall.
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)