Mary Poppins Returns
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One of the finer peeks into the creative process of staging a play.
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.
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.
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.
Theater lovers are likely to find the film interesting even when it zigs and zags.
It's fun to see actors doing what they do and to see them through the eyes of a director.
Will appeal mostly to those who love theater and relish the opportunity to see a production being built, scene by scene.
Consistently engrossing, with nary a dull moment, and very enlightening on what is popularly called "the actor's process."
A fractured but compelling piece of reality theater.
Lets us hang out with, and really meet for the first time, artists we thought we already knew.
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.
One of the most pleasurable documentaries in recent memory.
[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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