Beckett on Film Reviews
Beckett did not want his plays filmed; however on the page they can be inaccessible, and many are seldom performed. Yet the exploration of the isolated individual exisiting within a populated world holds true for every generation.
Purists will argue that the sets are over dressed, the close ups never intended, the interpretations too specific and far from the original deliberately open meanings. However the project renders some of his most challenging work accessible.
Took me right back to teen angst of finding myself; still resonates in mid life crisis!
A beautiful, humorous, sad, challenging collection. Additional documentary is fabulous.
A must see for everyone who cares about theatre.
a "dream team " of actors and directors , worked in this phenomenon called Samuel Becket , who was not only the author of Condo .....
Not I - ***
Rough for Theatre I - ***
It goes without saying that these AINT for everyone, "Play" features Alan Rickman with his body in an urn, surrounded by two woman also in urns, in a graveyard. The three heads talk to and over each other, cursed in purgatory of repeating the affair the three were involved in again and again for all eternity, while jump cuts (which can be heard, as if the camer has a mechanical neck to noisely crane around), movie in swift closeups of one face to the next.
While "Not I" features only a close up of a woman's mouth, covered in lipstick surrounded by darkness(as if the mouth is floating), babbling, screaming, talking very fast, and performing surprisingly well with only a single body part to emphasize, action(trembling lips, have never said so much) Trapped in a similar purgatory the voice of a woman, who lived a lonely mute life, and is now talkative, but completely surrounded by a void(actually I watched a different version of this first, one without Julian Moore, as the woman, then the official one from this series with...I like her, but the non-film, non Julian more version is better in this case. An older sounding woman is just more effective.)...anyway more to come later...
Most of these are available on Youtbue, for those of you who are curious.