Inner Space 3: Exclusion

"There were a couple of other interesting deviations that you made from Beckett's stage-directions. One was your decision to have Krapp walk away from the desk to pull down the window blinds before he sits down to listen to his tapes. The movement obviously anticipates the moment in the tape when Krapp describes the blinds going down in his mother's death chamber – a gesture which marks the moment of her death as well as Krapp's own self-exclusion from the scene as he waits outside her window. In this film the gesture creates a more interior space – it blocks out the rhythm of the rain, making for a claustrophobic intimacy. But it also evokes a strange sense of exclusion – puts Krapp into a kind of burial chamber to which we strictly should have no access…

Rebecca Comay, "Krapp and Other Matters" 2001. 

In conversation with Atom Egoyan about his film adaptation of Beckett's play "Krapp's Last Tape".