UbuWeb Film & Video: Samuel Beckett







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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)


Krapp's Last Tape (1972) / Eh Joe (1966)
Not I (1973)
Was Wo (What Where) (1985) (German language)
Quadrat 1+2 (1982)
Krapp's Last Tape (Harold Pinter, 1990)
A Wake for Sam: Harold Pinter on Samuel Beckett (1990)
Breath (dir. Damien Hirst)
Krapp's Last Tape (2006)


Samuel Barclay Beckett (/ˈbɛkɪt/; 13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.

Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. He is considered one of the last modernists. As an inspiration to many later writers, he is also sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called the "Theatre of the Absurd". His work became increasingly minimalist in his later career.

Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation". He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1984.


RESOURCES:
Samuel Beckett in UbuWeb Sound
Samuel Beckett in the Minimalism issue of Aspen Magazine
Samuel Beckett in the UbuWeb Anthology of Conceptual Writing
Alan Schneider -- "On Directing Samuel Beckett's Film" in UbuWeb Papers