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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

Certificate:

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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E and O
26 April 2017 | by klausmingSee all my reviews

A bizarre short experimental film penned by author Samuel Beckett, Film is based on his interest of philosopher George Berkeley's concept of "subjective idealism", an 18th century philosophical notion which suggests that the existence of material substance cannot exist without being perceived. As "O" – the Observer, Keaton attempts to escape "E" – the Eye of observation, which includes the camera – to which his back is turned throughout much of the production.

Largely indecipherable without Beckett's explanation, "O" hides from the gaze of every living thing, including himself, in a small cell-like room as both precursor and condition for his character's death.

And, if you are the least bit curious about Film, be sure to watch Ross Lipman's fascinating Kino Essay "Notfilm" (2015).


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