Samuel Beckett / Buster Keaton: FILM and NOTFILM

 NOT FILM,  a documentary by Ross LIppman, about FILM, the odd collaboration between Beckett and silent film legend Buster Keaton and  Barney Rosset (publisher of Grove Press, who acted as producer).  Great archival and interview footage with all the above, as we’ll as actress Billie Whitelaw who has been described as Beckett;s muse and acted under great physical duress in many of his plays.  Available to watch on Fandor, online subscription service.   DS


In 1964 author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history:  his embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short, titleless avant-garde film.  Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would culminate in his receiving a Nobel Prize five years later.  Keaton, in his waning years, never lived to see Beckett’s canonization. The film they made along with director Alan Schneider, renegade publisher Barney Rosset, and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman, has been the subject of praise, condemnation, and controversy for decades. Yet the eclectic participants are just one part of a story that stretches to the very birth of cinema, and spreads out to our understanding of human consciousness itself.

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THE Existential Crisis of Writers

from @Rumpus via The Millions

Writers experience all sorts of anxieties and doubts, such that many find themselves taking a spiraling descent into the worst existential crises. No writer should feel alone in this….

“In Life and Work, Parks writes about Beckett and 19 other writers, including Fyodor Dostoevsky, Georges Simenon, Muriel Spark, Peter Stamm, Haruki Murakami, Stieg Larsson, and E.L. James (Parks examining Fifty Shades of Grey is great fun). Here and there in the collection, one occasionally glimpses the true existential cost of the so-called “writer’s life,” where writing is both an act of self-abnegation — with all of its consequent anxieties — as well as a struggle against such a personalized nihilism.


Spark turned to Catholicism

That cop is shooting at me, he guessed; then, before he realized he’d been hit, he was hit again, his neck snapped backward, and the crowd went silent, watching, as he fell against the outfield grass.
— Domenic Stansberry, from The Spoiler (via the-final-sentence)