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| Play, Beckett by Minghella |

April 30, 2008

Play is a play by Samuel Beckett written between 1962 and 1963. In 2000, Anthony Minghella’s exercised his literary chops by taking part in the Beckett on Film project. Mighella’s contribution was the film of Play, one of Beckett’s more fearsome exercises in corralled humanity and repetitive word games. Previous collaborators Rickman, Stevenson and Scott-Thomas were no doubt delighted to be asked to squat in onstage urns.

Anthony Minghella’s version of Play, the most cinematic of all the adaptations, is astonishing, transferring the location to a dreary hell of innumerable jabbering heads, whilst young filmmaker Enda Hughes’s Act Without Words II projects the action onto a reel of film to fascinating effect. Julianne Moore delivers a powerhouse rendition of Not I’s hysterical mouth-only monologue, while Beckett’s best known works – Waiting For Godot, Happy Days, Endgame – are all beautifully enacted on the screen.

Anthony Minghella, CBE, scriptwriter and film director, was born on January 6, 1954. He died in  on March 18, 2008.

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