Shattered

This brooding, somewhat surreal video is described as a “poem on the life and work of Barney Rosset,” the owner of Grove Press (which published Beckett, Genet, and others). But it would be pretty hard to figure that out from seeing it—or to guess what else it might be about. Unexplained computer-synthesized faces drift through, Buster Keaton repeatedly locking himself in a room could stand for Rosset, and various performers recite texts (most from Rosset's writings). Director James Fotopoulos's images are dreamily suggestive and starkly beautiful, and repeating scenes create a sense of an entrapping cycle, but nothing quite comes together. 77 min.

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