This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs the Late Henry Moss Image
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  • Summary: After appearing in Michael Almereyda's film version 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. The resulting documentary is a remarkable group portrait - a vivid look at masterful performers working their way through a process of creative discovery. (IFC Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Turns out to be one of the finer peeks into the creative process of staging a play. Granted, that's a tiny genre, and the film's core audience -- theater majors and the people who love them -- is narrow. The lessons, however, are big.
  3. Surprisingly compelling viewing.
  4. Almereyda's fascination with creative creatures and their mysterious ways is abundantly clear. And distracting.
  5. 75
    This So-Called Disaster was the father's sarcastic term for their relationship.
  6. Despite the often insightful comments by the various cast members and Shepard himself -- the film doesn't dig very deeply into the artistic process of putting on a new play. But it does offer a fascinating fly-on-the-wall perspective.
  7. 50
    The scattered insights in This So-Called Disaster aren't worth the sifting it takes to find them.

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