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Film image courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Alan Schneider, 1965

Play of the Week: “Waiting For Godot”

Alan Schneider, 1961
Fri, Feb 3, 2012 7 PM
This double bill features two works by Samuel Beckett.

Film, starring Buster Keaton, is playwright Samuel Beckett’s lone work for the projected cinema (20 mins., 35mm).

Premiering in 1959, the ambitious television experiment Play of the Week distinguished itself by helping to launch the careers of talent such as Sidney Lumet and by tackling challenging works by the likes of Eugene O’Neill and Anton Chekhov. Starring Zero Mostel and Burgess Meredith, the program’s adaptation of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot represents one of the last gasps of the “Golden Age” of television. (102 mins., video)

Samuel Beckett’s Film: Preservation funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Foundation.


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