Ross Lipman – Notfilm (2015)

From the genius of Beckett to that of Dziga Vertov; from Man with a Movie Camera (1929) and Keaton’s The Cameraman (1928) to a blisteringly hot film shoot in New York 36 years later when, under the guidance of Beckett and director Alan Schneider, Keaton and Vertov’s brother, the cameraman Boris Kaufman, shoot Film (1965) – one of the most unusual cinema films of all time. In this powerful film essay, Ross Lipman combines all this with questions on human consciousness in the modern media-driven age, with sensational Beckett documents and a reflection on the cinema – from its beginnings to the radical changes it is undergoing today.

Samuel Beckett – Film (1965)

The perceiver desires like mad to perceive, and the perceived tries desperately to hide. Then, in the end, one wins. (Samuel Beckett)

In 1965 the future Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett collaborated with the ageing silent film star Buster Keaton, Oscar-nominated cameraman Boris Kaufman and the director Alan Schneider on Beckett’s only excursion into the world of film. The result of this venture – the short film simply entitled Film – is one of the most remarkable cinema films of all time.

In collaboration with the Austrian Film Museum.
Filmsponsorship: Peter Hörmanseder