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Notfilm (2015)

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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. NOTFILM is the feature-length movie on FILM's production and its philosophical implications, utilizing additional outtakes, never before heard audio recordings of the production meetings, and other rare archival elements.

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Though not as polished as "Film," Lipman's "Notfilm" might be that rare instance where the critical commentary is of more interest than the work itself.

May 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As a documentary, it could use a tighter edit and a more generous music score, but as a research project, it's impressive.

May 5, 2016 | Full Review…

At times, Notfilm resembles a folly about a folly. But in his own way, which manages somehow to be both manic and meditative, Lipman makes it all come together.

April 15, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

For all its gifted collaborators, "Film" was not a match made in heaven. But for moviegoers who care about film not just as a title, "Notfilm" can be unreservedly recommended.

April 1, 2016 | Full Review…

A charming, earnest, sometimes ungainly mixture of history, criticism and high-minded gossip, "Notfilm" testifies to an almost inexhaustible fascination with the pleasures and paradoxes of cinema.

March 31, 2016 | Full Review…

Lipman finds insight and pathos in the gulf between what Beckett aspired to in Film and in what he actually achieved.

March 31, 2016 | Full Review…

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