Film ★★★½

Perhaps the apotheosis of stunt casting, this short film from the brain of Samuel Beckett is enlivened by his collaboration with Buster Keaton, which allows the film to carry some of the weight of, well, the medium of cinema up to the point it was made (to the modern day, really) - the film itself is easy to admire, but hard to enjoy - small details (such as the animals) are somewhat obscure, while the central thrust (dance between the camera/audience and Keaton) is pretty obvious, albeit effective.

Not going to lie though, it kind of feels, based on this, like Beckett didn't really LIKE movies much, and the fact that part of his film's effectiveness is based on Keaton sort of undermines that disdain.

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