35mm film


Comedy is a 19-minute experimental black-and-white film made in 1965 by the illustrious playwright Samuel Beckett and the young filmmaker Marin Karmitz. It is based on Beckett’s eponymous 1963 play. Using a vaudeville scenario as a pretext, Comedy explores the potential of light and sound, notably by drawing on the research of Pierre Schaeffer, known as the father of musique concrète.

In Comedy, a film by Samuel Beckett and Marin Karmitz, the heads of three characters, played by Delphine Seyrig, Elonor Hirt and Michael Londsdale, made unrecognisable by heavy make-up, pop up out of three jars. Successively lit, they perform fragments of Beckett's play. The editing, pacing and sound frantically plunge us into nothingness, with only the three talking heads emerging.

Comedy, a film by Samuel Beckett and Marin Karmitz in the Pinault Collection, was shown during the 2009 exhibition "Un certain état du monde ?" (“A Certain State of the World?”) at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow.