I, written in English in 1972, features an actress seated on
stage with just her mouth spot-lit. The mouth then delivers a long
stream of consciousness. Evasion is the principle theme, as is highlighted
by Beckett's note to the text in which the mouth's chief endeavour
throughout the play is a '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 her monologue becomes
a question and answer with an inner voice not heard by the audience.
into this world
before its time
Jordan's film career began with the role of creative consultant
on John Boorman's Excalibur in 1981, about which he made a documentary entitled The Making of Excalibur Myth into Movie. Since then he has made twelve films:
Angel (1982); Company of Wolves
(1984); Mona Lisa (1986); The Crying Game
(1992), for which he won an Oscar for best screenplay; Interview with the Vampire (1994); Michael Collins (1995), which was awarded a Golden Lion for Best Film
at the Venice Film Festival; The
Butcher Boy (1996),
for which he won a Silver Bear for Direction at the Berlin Film
Festival; In Dreams (1999); and The End of the Affair (1999) for which
he won the BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay.
the theatrical nature of the piece, the startling image at the heart
of it an isolated mouth could perhaps be better realised
in the cinema. Also, working within the limits of Samuel Beckett's
stage instructions becomes oddly liberating, like etching a map
of the world on a postage stamp.'
Moore's film credits include: Short
Cuts and Cookie's Fortune, both directed by Robert
Altman; The Hand that Rocks
the Cradle; Lost World;
Jurassic Park; Boogie Nights; The Big Lebowski,
The End of The Affair,
Magnolia, Safe and An Ideal Husband,
among many others.