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This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs the Late Henry Moss

This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs the Late Henry Moss (2003)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
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In 2000, director Michael Almereyda brought his film crew to San Francisco to document the rehearsal process for the Magic Theater's production of Sam Shepard's play The Late Henry Moss, as directed by the playwright himself. The resulting film, This So-Called Disaster, is partly a study of the magic of theater, as well as a study of the fascinating Shepard, who is nearly universally considered one of the most influential American dramatists of the past century. Shepard and Almereyda's first

Dec 14, 2004

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One of the finer peeks into the creative process of staging a play.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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In its vision of the push-and-pull of rehearsal and the revelation of how a play comes to breathing, snorting life onstage, Almereyda's video brings us close to the act of creation.

June 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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In the end, what takes shape is not just a significant unraveling of Shepard's taciturn mystique, but a potent sense of the pain and rigor of revealing oneself through art.

June 17, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Ultimately, you leave This So-Called Disaster with renewed respect for Shepard, who comes off as a kind of quiet hero: a man of words, confronting his past with little fuss, and from it creating a legacy.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Theater lovers are likely to find the film interesting even when it zigs and zags.

May 7, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's fun to see actors doing what they do and to see them through the eyes of a director.

May 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Slate
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Will appeal mostly to those who love theater and relish the opportunity to see a production being built, scene by scene.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Consistently engrossing, with nary a dull moment, and very enlightening on what is popularly called "the actor's process."

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A fractured but compelling piece of reality theater.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Lets us hang out with, and really meet for the first time, artists we thought we already knew.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

As a portrait of a collaborative artist at work, the film is an invaluable document, not to be missed by anyone with more than a passing interest in theater.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

One of the most pleasurable documentaries in recent memory.

May 12, 2004 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

An engaging behind-the-scenes look at playful creativity.

April 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

One imagines that Almereyda thought he could simply act as a fly on the wall ... and have a compelling document on the creation of live theater.

April 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Almereyda's movie is riveting for several reasons: its inside look at Shepard in action, its vivid account of how a challenging play is brought from printed page to public stage, and its glimpses of Shepard's troubled youth.

April 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Audience Reviews for This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs the Late Henry Moss

[font=Century Gothic]"This So-Called Disaster" is a documentary directed by Michael Almereyda about the 2000 San Francisco production of Sam Shepard's play,"The Late Henry Moss", which was inspired by his father's life. Shepard directed Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson, James Gannon, Cheech Marin and Sheila Tousey(what a cast!) in the play. The documentary shows the rehearsal process and sheds a good deal of light on how the actors created their performances for the stage. We also get to see how a play is directed. There are thoughts here on what it means to be a father and what it means to be a son, too.[/font]
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