June 18, 2010

Beckett on Screen I

Following my recent post about Beckett's complete works I've decided to occasionally post filmed adaptations of Beckett's work available online, trying to find the best and most loyal adaptation for each work.
Ohio Impromptu
From The Beckett on Film project; performed by Jeremy Irons and directed by Charles Sturridge

In the notes to the original play Beckett instructs that the two characters be "as alike in appearance as possible," which is why this cinematic adaptation cast the same actor as both Reader and Listener. Nevertheless, and in spite of one of the characters' fading away at dawn in the adaptation (which does not occur in the play), the two characters are not explicitly intended to be two components of the same person.

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