Actors: Buster Keaton, Billie Whitelaw, Haskell Wexler, Kevin Brownlow
Directors: Ross Lipman, Alan Schneider
Format: Dolby, PAL
Number of discs: 3
DVD Release Date: 22 May 2017
Run Time: 151 minutes
Film / Notfilm (DVD + Blu-ray) Films by Alan Schneider and Ross Lipman
Cast: Buster Keaton, Max Wall (FILM) Billie Whitelaw, Haskell Wexler, Kevin Brownlow, Barney Rosset (NOTFILM)
Film, Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett's lone work for projected cinema, is a beguiling experimental short film in which a probing camera pursues a character named 'O' , played by silent screen legend Buster Keaton.
In his Kino-Essay, Notfilm, Ross Lipman explores the history surrounding the production of Film. Citing the work of Buñuel, Vertov, Vigo and Eisenstein, and featuring interviews with cinematographer Haskell Wexler, Billie Whitelaw and the film's producer Barney Rosset and others, Notfilm examines Film's genesis, production, themes, and philosophical implications.
New restoration of Film (1965) by Ross Lipman and the UCLA Film and Television Archive
Film (David Rayner Clark, 1979, 26 mins): rare British remake starring comedian Max Wall
The Street Scene (6 mins): a lost scene reconstruction from the Film outtakes
The Dog and Cat Takes (8 mins): outtakes from the 1965 version of Film
What if E's Eyes Were Closed? (7 mins): audio recordings of Beckett, Kaufman and Schneider
Buster Keaton and Film: James Karen in Conversation (42 mins)
Memories of Samuel Beckett: An Afternoon with James Knowlson (8 mins)
Jean Schneider: Memories of Alan Schneider (11 mins)
Jeanette Seaver: Beckett and Godot (4 mins)
Photographing Beckett (7 mins)
The Music of Notfilm: Downloadable MP3 recording by Mihály Víg (DVD only)
Illustrated booklet with new writings by Ross Lipman, Michael Brooke and Vic Pratt
FILM/NOTFILM: USA | 1965 + 2015 | black and white | 22 mins and 129 mins | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles
These discs are (PAL) format, and will work on Australian & European DVD players. USA/Canada customers will need a multi-region enabled player.
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