Notfilm

Ross Lipman

In 1964, five years before receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, playwright Samuel Beckett wrote his only film script. The avant-garde project, FILM, is still regarded as a striking undertaking. Both panned and praised by critics, the film was regarded by Beckett himself as an enormous failure, and leading actor Buster Keaton entirely lost the plot: "I was confused when we shot it… and I’m still confused."
Enough material for a poetic, experimental kino essay about Beckett’s cinematographic adventure, thought director Ross Lipman. Notfilm, an ambitious, widely-ranging two-hour making-of, examines the personal, literary and cinematographic background of FILM and its philosophical implications. Archive material, out-takes feared lost, audio tapes of conversations between Beckett and director Alan Schneider and interviews with connoisseurs and crew offer a wealth of rare material, which will leave film lovers rubbing their hands with delight.

More information

Filmmaker
Ross Lipman
Country
USA, United Kingdom
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
128’
Language
English
Producer
Dennis Doros, Amy Heller
Production Company
Milestone Film & Video
Sales
Milestone Film & Video
Writer
Ross Lipman
Cinematography
Ross Lipman
Editor
Ross Lipman
Production Design
Ross Lipman
Music
Mihály Víg
Website
http://filmbysamuelbeckett.com