Samuel Beckett and Cinema - Historicizing Modernism (Paperback)
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Samuel Beckett and Cinema - Historicizing Modernism (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 23/08/2018
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In 1936, Samuel Beckett wrote a letter to the Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein expressing a desire to work in the lost tradition of silent film. The production of Beckett's Film in 1964, on the cusp of his work as a director for stage and screen, coincides with a widespread revival of silent film in the period of cinema's modernist second wave. Drawing on recently published letters, archival material and production notebooks, Samuel Beckett and Cinema is the first book to examine comprehensively the full extent of Beckett's engagement with cinema and its influence on his work for stage and screen. The book situates Beckett within the context of first and second wave modernist filmmaking, including the work of figures such as Vertov, Keaton, Lang, Epstein, Flaherty, Dreyer, Godard, Bresson, Resnais, Duras, Rogosin and Hitchcock. By examining the parallels between Beckett's methods, as a writer-director, and particular techniques, such as the embodied presence of the camera, the use of asynchronous sound, and the cross-pollination of theatricality and cinema, as well as the connections between his collaborators and the nouvelle vague, the book reveals how Beckett's aesthetic is fundamentally altered by his work for the screen, and his formative encounters with modernist film culture.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781350081611
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


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Paraskeva draws on a rich archive of existing scholarship in his book ... Close analysis of Beckett's growing familiarity with the technologies, techniques and institutions of screen media helps it to make what may be the most detailed case yet for Beckett the serious cineaste. * Times Literary Supplement *
Paraskeva successfully realizes the goal of exploring the various influences of first and second wave modernist cinema on Beckett's work and directing practice. Through his thorough, incisive, and engaging analysis and methodical comparison, Paraskeva provides us with a great read not only of Beckett's oeuvre but also of the other examples present in his research, and his diligently researched book should be considered necessary reading for anyone wishing to study Beckett's work for film and television. * Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature *
A very solid and interesting addition to Beckett scholarship in an area that has been mostly overlooked. * Modern Language Review *
There is ... a wealth of imaginative commentary here that makes for some productive and revealing scholarship. * Journal of British Cinema and Television *

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