Beckett on Film (2000) 4 x DVD
In 1991, Michael Colgan, artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Dublin, produced a Beckett Festival – all nineteen of Beckett's stage plays (minus Eleutheria), performed to rave reviews and then imported to London and New York. During this time he began to consider the idea of turning all of the plays into films. Eventually connecting with filmmaker Alan Moloney, the "Beckett on Film Project" was finally realized in 2000-2001: nineteen films by nineteen different directors, each charged with adapting their play to the demands of film while adhering to Beckett's careful directions. Partially funded by RTE and Channel 4, the project called upon a wealth of talent from all creative spheres – theater, film, television, acting, and even music. Although some of the "adaptations" raised some controversy, the final result is quite an acheivement, and represents a significant addition to the field of Beckett performance.

4 x DVD | NTSC 16:9 | 622 min
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Subtitles: none

Directors: Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Atom Egoyan, Damien Hirst, Neil Jordan, Conor McPherson
Cast: Alan Rickman, Julianne Moore, Michael Gambon, David Thewlis, John Hurt
Country: Ireland

Beckett on Film is a unique project. For the first time, all 19 of Samuel Beckett's plays have been filmed, bringing together some of the world's most talented directors and actors. This unique collector's item is presented as a high quality box set comprising four DVDs and a souvenir programme.

The 19 Films:

Michael Lindsay-Hogg - Waiting for Godot (2 hours)
Neil Jordan - Not I (14 minutes)
Kieron J. Walsh - Rough for Theatre I (20 minutes)
Charles Sturridge - Ohio Impromptu (12 minutes)
Atom Egoyan - Krapp's Last Tape (58 minutes)
Damien O'Donnell - What Where (12 minutes)
Walter Asmus - Footfalls (28 minutes)
John Crowley - Come and Go (8 minutes)
Karel Reisz - Act Without Words I (16 minutes)
Patricia Rozema - Happy Days (1 hour 19 minutes)
David Mamet - Catastrophe (7 minutes)
Katie Mitchell - Rough for Theatre II (30 minutes)
Damien Hirst - Breath (45 seconds)
Charles Garrad - That Time (20 minutes)
Conor McPherson - Endgame (1 hour 24 minutes)
Enda Hughes - Act Without Words II (11 minutes)
Robin Lefevre - A Piece of Monologue (20 minutes)
Anthony Minghella - Play (16 minutes)
Richard Eyre - Rockaby (14 minutes)

More information about these DVDs may be found here: beckettonfilm.com or themodernword.com

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