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, Keaton’s very existence conspires against his efforts.
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aka SAMUEL BECKETT'S FILM, a great work of existentialism starring Buster Keaton. Screened at Pacific Film Archive, a long time ago, this one is burned into my memory long after other films have faded.
10 - I'm seen, therefore I am. Not merely a film about existentialism, but existentialism through film. Keaton, arguably cinema's greatest physical practitioner, is unable to evade the omnipresent eye of the camera, always behind him, betrayed by the very frame that made him who he is, while his own vision/being deteriorates. Observation becomes suspicion, and companionship persecution. Beckett remains Beckett.
Un incubo kafkiano.
Keaton incarna la deformazione interiore di un individuo arreso alla sua stessa vita.
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Il testamento artistico di un pilastro del cinema mai troppo riconosciuto.