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NOTFILM (2015)

Notfilm (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 1 April 2016 (USA)
A documentary inquiry into the strange but true collaboration of Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton.


Ross Lipman


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross Lipman Ross Lipman ... Narrator (voice)
Kevin Brownlow Kevin Brownlow ... Himself
Judith Douw Judith Douw ... Herself
S.E. Gontarski S.E. Gontarski ... Himself
James Karen ... Himself
James Knowlson James Knowlson ... Himself (as Jim Knowlson)
Leonard Maltin ... Himself
Mark Nixon Mark Nixon ... Himself
Barney Rosset Barney Rosset ... Himself
Steve Schapiro ... Himself
Jean Schneider Jean Schneider ... Herself
Jeannette Seaver Jeannette Seaver ... Herself
Haskell Wexler ... Himself
Billie Whitelaw ... Herself
Samuel Beckett ... Himself (archive footage)


NOTFILM is 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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Film Festival Screenings: (1) Hong Kong Film Festival (March 2016) (2) Film Society of Lincoln Centers' Film Comment Selects (February 2016) (3) BFI London Film Festival (4) International Film Festival Rotterdam (5) CPH: DOX (Copenhagen, Denmark). See more »


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Wow... this is pretty rugged...
18 August 2017 | by drew-155See all my reviews

The only thing that's clear from this film is that the narrator loves to hear himself talk. Another reviewer calls this film pretentious. That's being kind. The title card calling his film "A Kino-Essay" is just the beginning of this self indulgent jerk fest. "Blaahh blahh I'm so smart I'll do all the talking because I'm a horrible filmmaker and my kino-essay is a mess". God I'm wasting my life watching and writing about this. WTF am I doing? If you watch this, bring a pillow and a bag of heroin so you kill the pain and nod off.

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