Summer viewing: the serious stuff

O (Buster Keaton) scurries through ruined streets trying to evade E (the camera Eye) in Samuel Beckett's Film (1965)

Two recent releases uncover fascinating fragments of cinema history: G.W Pabst’s dramatically powerful and technically innovative early sound films Westfront 1918 (1930) and Kameradschaft (1931) from Masters of Cinema and Samuel Beckett’s sole foray into movies Film (1965) paired with Ross Lipman’s “kino-essay” about the production Notfilm (2015) together in a dual-format release from the BFI.