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silent monologue

Not I - 1

Not I - 2

Strange sight, 'Not I' playing soundlessly on a large screen / billboard at Amsterdam Zuid-WTC station. As reviewed before, the film, starring Julianne Moore, is part of the Beckett on Film project.

Beckett wrote 'Not I' as a theatre monologue designed to show only a mouth talking. But as the piece is really a monologue intérieur dramatically visualized, playing it without sound seems to somehow emphasize even more the woman's hermetic suffering...

...so disconnected...never got the message...or powerless to respond...like numbed...couldn't make the sound...not any sound...no sound of any kind....no screaming for help for example...should she feel so inclined...

For a disquieting reading experience, try the complete text.


not i

Finally saw some of the ' Beckett on Film ' pieces at the Beckett Centenary Festival in Dublin. The short (45 sec) ' Breath ' by Damien Hirst , ' Act Without Words I ' by Karel Reisz , and ' Not I ' by Neil Jordan . 'Not I… Read the full post »

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