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Film (1965)

A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based around ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Buster Keaton ... The Man
Nell Harrison Nell Harrison ... Old Woman
James Karen ... Passerby
Susan Reed Susan Reed ... Passerby
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A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based around Bishop Berkeley's principle 'esse est percipi' (to be is to be perceived), Keaton's very existence conspires against his efforts Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Short | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

8 January 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eye See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Evergreen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 1.0)| Mono (optical)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The story of making "Film" was the basis of a play "The Stone Face" by Sherry MacDonald. The play was read in Orlando at the 2006 New Playfest, and work shopped at the 2007 New Playfest. See more »

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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #3.3 (1990) See more »

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9 February 2007 | by matthewjbondSee all my reviews

Considering the other comments, there's little to add about the movie, but I know these few facts surrounding it. When Schneider visited Keaton to see whether he'd do the movie, Schneider found Keaton in a poker game w/ three empty chairs, which represented three of Keaton's companions--all dead, but Keaton continued to play.

Keaton was mystified by this script, too, as by "Godot", but wanted the money. He suggested several comedic bits be added, because he thought the whole thing would be less than five minutes. In New York, he wanted to use one of his flat hats rather than the bowler Beckett had written in, and Beckett immediately agreed.

The film was shot in mid-summer in a very hot New York, each day over 90 degrees. Keaton (age 69, and not in great health: he died less than two years later) never complained as he had to keep running along that brick wall in the heavy overcoat.

It was Beckett's only visit to the U.S., and he never got outside of New York, and left the U.S. as quickly as possible.


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