Samuel Beckett’s sole film as a screenwriter, Vitaphone shorts and a biography of Frida Kahlo are the subjects of the three-part summer film series at the Harry Ransom Center.
June 17 at 7 p.m., check out Alan Schneider’s “Film” (1965), the only movie Samuel Beckett ever wrote. “Film” starred Buster Keaton. Recently restored, “Film” is followed by “Notfilm, a feature-length experimental essay on “Film.” The Ransom Center houses significant Beckett holdings. Attendees may enter to win a Ransom Center moleskin notebook and Beckett’s “Complete Short Prose 1929–1989.”
June 30 at 7 p.m., the Center will screen “Vaudeville and Vitaphone Shorts,” a series of “living sound” recordings by various variety stars commissioned by Warner Brothers. Dating from the early days of talkies, these are rarely-seen shorts.
The series closes July 14 at 7 p.m. with “Frida,” Julie Taymor’s 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic, starring Salma Hayek as the titular artist. The Ransom Center’s art collection includes Frida Kahlo’s “Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird,” which is currently on view. Attendees may enter to win a copy of “Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo” by Hayden Herrera and a set of Artists Notecards featuring Kahlo.
The Rasom Center is located at 300 West 21st St. on the UT campus.