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Beckett's Film (+ Robert Ince talk) @ UK Slapstick Festival

  • Arnolfini Center for Contemporary Arts 16 Narrow Quay Bristol, England, BS1 4QA United Kingdom (map)

When Keaton Met Beckett
with Robert Ince and Special Guests

In 1964 author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history – an 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 him receiving a Nobel Prize five years later. Keaton, in his waning years, never lived to see Beckett’s canonisation. In essence a chase film – one of the craziest ever committed to celluloid – 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.

Robin Ince presents a newly restored version of FILM and, with special guests, will not only tell the story behind it but will also talk about why comedians are so fascinated with Beckett. 

Includes a full screening of FILM (1965).

Earlier Event: January 18
Notfilm (Doc) @ UK Slapstick Festival
Later Event: January 20
The High Sign @ UK Slapstick Festival