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16 Ratings


Directed by Ross Lipman
United Kingdom, United States, 2015


A feature-length experimental essay on FILM — its author Samuel Beckett, its star Buster Keaton, its 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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Notfilm Directed by Ross Lipman
My favourite of [Jeonju’s movies about movies] was Ross Lipman’s Notfilm, an essay work revolving around the 1964 collaboration between Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton. Although the result, a 20-minute short named Film was considered a failure, Lipman’s Notfilm succeeds on every level.
September 14, 2016
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Lipman’s Notfilm re-contextualizes Beckett’s life and art in a way few critical or biographical studies have thus far managed to do.
April 13, 2016
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When Notfilm is not embarking on a lengthy excursion into Beckett’s biography, with information and brief clips from stage versions of his plays, it provides artistic contexts and biographical data on its other luminaries: Keaton, Rosset, and Schneider, in particular. But Lipman’s kino-essay has legs beyond its immediate theatrical appeal, and enough merit and seriousness to maintain its place as a continued resource for film students and Beckett scholars.
April 02, 2016
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