Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett is one of the most famous plays in history. It ushered in a new era of theater that would include Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, David Mamet and many many others. This is a famed teleplay from the short-lived but celebrated early 1960s WNTA-TV series Play of the Week, features Zero Mostel as Estragon and Burgess Meredith as Vladimir. "Godot and Play of the Week exemplify the potential heights the small screen could reach as a legitimate venue for meaningful and challenging dramatic arts"—Mark Quigley. (Alan Schneider, 1961, DigiBeta, 102 minutes) From the UCLA Film and Television Archive
This is one of the only screen adaptations of Godot, so if you've never seen it, you're in for a treat. We'll meet at 3 so we can assess if we need to be in line early. Film starts at 4:30. If not, we can go get a snack at the cafeteria or walk through some of the wonderful rooms there. Afterwards, reservations have been made at Teaism for dinner and discussion.
There will also be a short film preceding Godot. Film, Samuel Beckett's only screenplay (the writer supervised the production as well), is a 20-minute, almost silent short, at once an abstraction and a deeply moving meditation. An aging and weary Buster Keaton engages in a kind of face-off with the camera lens and, by extension, with the world itself. Film's noted cinematographer was Boris Kaufman. (Alan Schneider, 1965, 35 mm, 20 minutes) Preservation funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Foundation