Sunday, April 13, 2008

Samuel Beckett: A celebration on his birthday



Ohio Impromptu

Lessness

Cascando

Words and Music

Samuel Beckett Films at Ubuweb

(And a tip of the hat to Frank Wilson for the birthday reminder.)

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

Damn. I forgot about that. I've been thinking about a blog on his radio plays. They're really not very well known.

I spent about six months before I started on this blog malarkey writing entries on Beckett's plays for Wikipedia. I did them all bar Endgame. It took six weeks to research and write the entry for Waiting for Godot and I really couldn't invest what I expected would be about the same length of time on Endgame. I'm sure they've all been fiddled with by now but I was quite proud of them when I was done even if someone does think my Krapp's Last Tape was too long.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Beckett's radio plays are among my favorites of his. I agree they need to be better known. They're all collected in The Collected Shorter Plays, including "Cascando" and "Words and Music," which I linked to above. Morton Feldman also did a scored version of "Words and Music," which is terrific.

That's probably your Wikipedia entry on Ohio Impromptu that I linked to, then.

Thanks.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

Yes. It was a intense period. I won't bore you with the details why I started the project but it was most fulfilling. My wife bought me the CD of the radio plays for Xmas (she'd already got my the DVD box set) and it was great to watch or listen to the play, research it and then write about it. My main problem was what to leave out. There was so much I wanted to include. In particular the radio play All That Fall - that was fascinating. Especially what he cut from the final version. BTW the Tom and Jerry reference is mine - I've never read that anywhere else - my own small contribution.

12:58 PM  

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