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Shepard & Dark (2013)

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Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite leading very different lives, remained close friends ever since. Shepard became a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (Buried Child) and an Academy Award-nominated actor (THE RIGHT STUFF), while Dark was a homebody who supported himself with odd jobs. Through the decades, they stayed bonded by family ties. Dark married an older woman named Scarlett and Shepard married her daughter. For years, the two couples lived together, until Shepard broke away for a relationship with Jessica Lange in 1983, leaving Johnny to help father his first son. Nevertheless, he and Dark continued writing to each other, amassing hundreds of letters. (c) Music Box

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There is just enough of Shepard's lyrical prose and Dark's depth and humor to whet the appetite. You walk out wanting to read at least a few of them beginning to end.

October 10, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The stress of their reunion yields fascinating insights into Shepard's work.

October 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Both good times and bad bubble back up to the surface, giving the film an unguarded honesty.

September 27, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A disarming but low-impact documentary that amounts to an odd dual biopic, "Shepard & Dark" can feel a bit like intruding on a conversation between two old friends.

September 27, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[The] aesthetic structure creates a haunting sense of the simultaneously wonderful and sad feelings both men have about lives and loves now gone, never to be recaptured.

September 25, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The film points toward a rich and complicated story that only partly makes it onto the screen.

September 24, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5

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An interesting tale of two interesting characters who become close friends. The interchange between them is worth the price of admission.

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