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Documentary, dir. by John L. Reilly

UK, 1993, 86 minutes

Nobel prize-winning author and playwright Samuel Beckett shunned publicity throughout his life, yet became a worldwide cultural influence. In the U.S. alone, his play Waiting for Godot has sold over one and a half million copies, and his body of work continues to captivate some of the best minds of our time. Under the guidance of Beckett and his American publisher Barney Rosset, the documentary features the only known footage of the writer at work, outstanding performances of his work, rare archival footage, interviews with friends and leading scholars, and excerpts from letters providing astonishing and humorous insights into his life and art.

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