Catastrophe / Blue Angel Films / Tyrone Productions for Radio Telefís Eireann & Channel 4 in association with Bord Scánnán Na Héireann ; produced by Michael Colgan & Alan Moloney ; director, David Mamet

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Subjects: Short films
Feature films
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989--Film adaptations
Formats: Video Recording, DVD, Electronic Resource, Remote, Streaming Video
Material Type: Projected medium -- Monograph
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: [Ireland] : Blue Angel Films Ltd., c2001 ; New York : Ambrose Video, 2002
Series: Beckett on film
LC Classification: P, PQ
Added Titles: Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 Plays. Selections
Alternate Titles: On streaming video: Samuel Beckett's Catastrophe
In: Digital video collection (OCoLC)52376650
Issued in other form: Beckett on film. Catastrophe. (OCoLC)53719506
Additional Authors: Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989
Colgan, Michael, 1950-
Moloney, Alan
Mamet, David
Blue Angel Films
Tyrone Productions
Radio Telefís Éireann
Channel Four (Great Britain)
Bord Scannán na hÉireann
Clarence Pictures
Ambrose Video Publishing
Ohio Library and Information Network
OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons
Notes: Cast: John Gielgud, Harold Pinter, Rebecca Pidgeon
Originally produced in 2000
Summary: A Director and his assistant arrange the protagonist, who stands on a black block submitting to their direction. This play is the singular item in the Beckett canon expressing a political viewpoint. D, the director wears some of the standard accruements of an authoritarian figure: a fur coat and matching toque, a fat cigar, and an armchair from which only he can preside. He has only a short amount of time to devote to the rehearsal, as he must go to a caucus meeting. A, the assistant, behaves with the proper humility and alacrity but carefully wipes the armchair before she can relax in it. Her frequent recourse to her pad and pencil offers a sharp critique of excessive bureaucracy. Luke, the offstage lighting man, remains invisible throughout the play as befits a mere worker. P, the protagonist, is simply a puppet subject to the director's will and whim. It is ultimately P's ineradicable subjectivity that precipitates the catastrophe and breaches the surrounding servile unanimity
Streaming video (7 min.)
System requirements: Real Player media software
Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Reproduction notes: Electronic reproduction. Columbus, OH : OhioLINK, 2006. Digitized and made available by OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons from video dist. by Ambrose Video Publishing
OCLC Number: 173261843