Samuel Beckett Speaks

Samuel Beck­ett gave us Wait­ing for Godot, one of the great plays of the 20th cen­tu­ry. Today, he would have turned 104 years old. He died back in 1989, and just two years before that, the pub­lic­i­ty-shy play­wright was cap­tured in some rare footage that appeared in an Amer­i­can doc­u­men­tary called “Wait­ing for Beck­ett.” The images and voic­es can be a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to make out, but it’s worth giv­ing this clip a lit­tle bit of time to unfold. Mean­while, you can find more film clips involv­ing Beck­ett (as writer and direc­tor) on UBUWeb, the avant-garde media site we fea­tured here last month.

Thanks Mike for send­ing this one our way.

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  • sHaMaN says:

    Sam Beck­ett is a god when it comes to non­con­cep­tu­al, non-iden­tar­i­an per­cep­tion of iden­ti­ty preva­lent in the mod­ernist lit­er­a­ture. His oeu­vre, in fact, tran­scend­ed the elitist/Utopian bound­aries of high mod­ernist thought and lit­er­a­ture, as he trashed them in favor of all the more chaot­ic post­mod­ern per­spec­tive emblem­at­ic of dead, irrel­e­vant con­cepts of moder­ni­ty in the face of ‘orga­ni­za­tion­al’ behav­ior­ism of the 20th cen­tu­ry (and beyond) man. Love him and the way his could fore­see the aes­thet­ic dead-end we face in the con­text of lit­er­a­ture and film-indus­try.

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