in about 100 words or less
US 24m, B&W, Silent
Director: Alan Schneider; Cast: Buster Keaton
A bizarre short experimental film penned by author Samuel Beckett, Film is based on his interest of philosopher George Berkeley’s concept of “subjective idealism”, an 18th century philosophical notion which suggests that the existence of material substance cannot exist without being perceived. As “O” – the Observer, Keaton attempts to escape “E” – the Eye of observation, which includes the camera – to which his back is turned throughout much of the production. Largely indecipherable without Beckett’s explanation, “O” hides from the gaze of every living thing, including himself, in a small cell-like room as both precursor and condition for his character’s death (Klaus Ming April 2017).