Buster Keaton on the set of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Film’ (1964).
‘Film’ (1965) directed by Alan Schneider represents Samuel Beckett‘s first and only venture into the medium of cinema. The twenty-minute film has no dialogue and, in fact, has only one sound – a soft “ssh!” – and features silent screen star, Buster Keaton as the sole cast member, in one of his final performances. 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.