Ross Lipman

O.V. English

The unlikely collaboration between Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton to make an avant-garde, titled Film, short imbued with the famous playwright’s absurdist imagination. In 1964, playwright Samuel Beckett took a detour into cinema by directing an avant-garde short starring comic Buster Keaton, who was famous for his many silent-era slapstick roles. Documentary-maker Ross Lipman starts from this collaboration between two famous artists to concoct a cinematic essay that argues for the...

UNITED STATES | 128 minutes | 2016


O.V. English

Samuel Beckett, the celebrated author of Waiting for Godot, made a single work for projected cinema. It’s in essence a chase film; the craziest ever committed to celluloid. It’s a chase between camera and pursued image that finds existential dread embedded in the very apparatus of the movies itself. The link to cinema’s essence is evident in the casting, as the chased object is none other than an aged Buster Keaton, who was understandably befuddled at Beckett and director Alan...

22 minutes | 1965


Tuesday October 11, 2016

Program #151
Cinémathèque - Salle Principale

Sunday October 16, 2016

Program #286
Cinémathèque - Salle Fernand Seguin
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