“Yes, strange, darkness best”

April 14, 2013 | 4

In 1962, Samuel Beckett wrote “Play.” Originally intended to be a stage production, the piece has now been adapted as a short film starring Alan Rickman, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Juliet Stepherson. Come for the Beckett writing (full text can be found here), but stay for the disembodied heads-in-urns.

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  1. Yep. The whole series is worth viewing, though, particularly Atom Egoyan’s take on KRAPP’S LAST TAPE.

  2. I was going to say the same–Krapp’s Last Tape is fantastic, as is most of the Beckett on Film series.

  3. Strange little article here but sharing this adaptation of “Play” can never be a bad thing. And, as mentioned, the DVD collection this is from is a great introduction to Beckett’s work.

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