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Blue Angel Films, Neil Jordan, b.1950, Samuel Beckett, b.1906

Not I, an adaptation of the 1972 play2000

An adaptation of the play by Samuel Beckett, Jordan’s ‘Not I’ was originally made for display on a single screen via video and cinema. Starring actress Julianne Moore, it had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. It formed part of the ‘Beckett On Film Project’, sponsored by Dublin’s Gate Theatre, where nineteen contemporary artists and film-makers were commissioned to interpret Beckett’s dramatic work on film.
The work in IMMA’s collection is a six-monitor installation, which grew from the unusual process of shooting the film – the single event of the performance was recorded simultaneously from a number of different angles with multiple cameras – leading to the possibility of presenting the piece from six different angles through the established artistic convention of installation. Evasion is the principle theme as highlighted by Samuel Beckett’s explicit note in his text in which the mouth’s chief endeavour throughout the play is its vehement refusal to relinquish the third person. The mouth undergoes a desperate struggle to avoid saying “I” marked by four moments of crisis in which the monologue becomes a rapid succession of questions and answers with an inner voice not heard by the audience. Jordon’s six-monitor installation is precisely synchronised to maintain the staccato rhythms of the performance.

MediumSix-channel video (colour, sound)
DurationDimensions variable
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gift, the artist, 2000
Item NumberIMMA.1345
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Blue Angel Films, Neil Jordan, Samuel Beckett, Not I, an adaptation of the 1972 play, 2000, Six-channel video (colour, sound), Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gift, the artist, 2000

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan b.1950

Irish writer and film maker Neil Jordan founded the Irish Writer’s Cooperative in 1974. He won the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1976 for his book of short stories ‘Night in Tunisia’, and has published three novels. Jordan wrote and directed his first feature film ‘Angel’ in 1982 and has gone on to write, direct and produce a number of critically acclaimed films. Jordan’s adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s 1972 play for theatre ‘Not I’, starring actress Julianne Moore, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. It was shown at IMMA in 2001.
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