From: Ed Halter (email suppressed)
Date: Mon May 08 2006 - 09:13:41 PDT
Dear mailing list
This Friday night Iıll be hosting a free event with Barney Rosset and James
Fotopoulos at the Museum of Modern Art. Information is below if youıd like
Samuel Beckettıs Film and Literary Cinema
May 1213, 2006
Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2
Museum of Modern Art
On the centenary of Samuel Beckettıs birth, publishing pioneer Barney Rosset
presents a selection of films with unique literary pedigrees. In the early
1960s, Rossetıs legendary Grove Press commissioned film scripts from leading
figures in world literature, including Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Harold
Pinter, and Marguerite Duras, to be produced by their Evergreen Theater
production company. Only Beckettıs Film was shot and completed. It remains
his single cinematic work, as well as Buster Keatonıs final role. The film
also helped Grove Press enter the distribution business, and within a decade
the publishing house had become one of the most respected independent film
distributors in America.
Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film and Media, and Ed
Halter, independent curator and writer. Thanks to Astrid Myers.
Film. 1965. USA. Directed by Alan Schneider. Screenplay by Samuel Beckett.
With Buster Keaton. Beckett made his only trip to America for the film shoot
in New York. Taking as its basis George Berkeleyıs theory that ³to be is to
be perceived,² Film follows Keaton as a hooded agoraphobe. 21 min.
Outtakes from Film. 1965. Never-before-seen alternate scenes, recently
discovered in Rossetıs private archives. Approx 10 min.
Un Chant dıamour. 1950. France. Written and directed by Jean Genet.
Distributed by Grove Press. Genetıs classic is sordid, brutal, and
provocative, yet as poetic and lyrical as its title suggests. Silent. 26
The Hard-Boiled Egg. 2006. USA. Directed by James Fotopoulos. Digital video
production of Ionescoıs heretofore unproduced screenplay, commissioned by
Rosset from Fotopoulos. 25 min. World premiere.
Total runtime approx 82 minutes
Friday, May 12 at 8:30.
Program as listed above, followed by a conversation with Barney Rosset and
James Fotopoulos, moderated by Ed Halter. Free admission.
Saturday, May 13 at 2:00.
program as listed above.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.