This So-Called Disaster

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Released 2004

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Director:
Michael Almereyda
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
After appearing in Michael Almereyda's film of "Hamlet" (in which he played the ghost), Sam Shepard invited the filmmaker to document the staging of his most recent play, "The Late Henry Moss," when it premiered in San Francisco in the fall of 2000. Almereyda and a small crew were given access to rehearsals and preview performances leading into opening night. The project evolved into something much more intimate and multi-layered than a straightforward record of the play. The resulting indie documentary from IFC Films is a remarkable group portrait - a vivid look at masterful performers working their way through a process of creative discovery. The film stars T Bone Burnett, James Gammon, Woody Harrelson, Cheech Marin, Anne Militello, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn and Sam Shepard and premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Fascinating. Anyone interested in the challenges and techniques of acting -- which is really to say, anyone interested in human behavior -- should turn off E! and head down to Mr. ...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Surprisingly compelling viewing.

  • 70

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Not as insightful as "Topsy-Turvy" or "Vanya on 42nd Street" about the process of putting on a show, it's nonetheless a fascinating meeting of the minds -- between iconic New York ...

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