Sunday, July 12, 2020

Waiting For Godot (2020)

I stumbled upon this on YouTube and it is really good. That the Beckett estate allowed  this to be made (they are thanked in the end credits) kind of shocks me because .this film varies from the original in many different ways- and yet it seems exactly on point.

Basically this is Godot set in New York at night and it's damn good. I mean it's so good that it makes the case that Becket needs to be allowed to be riffed on and allowed to breath. Opening the play up and making some changes makes the text come alive. This makes the case that Beckett can speak to everyone- just let people find their way in and not be shackled to Beckett's intentions.

I have no idea about the director Rudi Azank, but I want to see what he does next.

I should also point out that there is another version of this on YouTube on Azank's website called WHILE WAITING FOR GODOT that is slightly shorter and cut differently (I think this version may have a better ending- but I am not sure since I only watched pieces of it)

If you are curious give this film a try because frankly not only is it good, I feat the Beckett people might change their mind and ask it to be pulled down.

One of the great finds of 2020

ADDENDUM: Looking around on the internet after this posted I saw a reference on Twitter from @beckett_letters saying this apparently based on a unpublished pre-censorship version of the play.

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