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I May Destroy You
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A movie every theatre person should watch. There is something gratifying in seeing how universal theatre is. Even mega-talented stars like Woody Harrelson and Sean Penn get frustrated with characters and lines, bad acts, not understanding a scene. In a film their performances are so prestigious, you see the take where they nailed it, but the work that went into it is never hinted at. And you can't feel the electricity like you can in a live show. Watching their processes, although it doesnt' dive deep enough into it, and seeing and hearing Sam Shepard talk about it all, is just a treat for a buff like me.
Brilliant movie all actors MUST see.
We are so very lucky to have such a great look into the private process of Sam Shepard directing a play.
In this documentary about theater, I enjoyed the quality of language used by the director, the way Shepard told his story, Gammon's acting, the diversity of activities that go on during rehearsal, including those to memorize lines, and the music.
The doc is fairly lean and lyrical in its revelations, it's more of a ode to Shepard and theater and actors more than an exploration of the craft's soul.
Although not delving as deep as it could and coming off a bit pretentious at times, it remains fascinating throughout. The lack of notoriety of "The Late Henry Moss" can make things slightly hard to follow since the focus is on the backstory and production rather than the play itself. Those involved with theatre will love this, most others will probably be bored.
Following the play rehearsals is only mildly entertaining. It's the reminiscent interviews with Shepard and Nolte that make it. And yes, Sean Penn really is a jerk.
A really fasctinating look at the inner workings of what it takes to get a huge stage show produced. The talent here! Sam Shepard, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, James Gannon, Cheech Marin. (One of these things is not like the other!) My favorite part / most surreal moment: when Woody Harrelson lies down in the aisles while getting notes from Sam Shepard.
Six actors and Sam Shepard; a room full of smoke and the so-called artistic process. Fair enough.
yup its a disaster lol