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This So-Called Disaster

Rating:R (for some language)
Genre:Documentary
Release Date:April 21, 2004
Running time:90 minutes
Cast:T-Bone Burnett, James Gammon, Woody Harrelson, Cheech Marin, Nick Nolte
Director:Michael Almereyda
Producer:Callum Greene, Anthony Katagas
Distributor:IFC Films

Description: After the American playwright and actor Sam Shepard had played the role of the ghost in Michael Almereyda's "Hamlet," Shepard invited the filmmaker to document rehearsals for his "The Late Henry Moss," that he staged with Nick Nolte and Sean Penn in leading roles. Almereyda and his crew filmed the last three weeks before the première. The film combines interviews with Shepard, his actors and staff with images of the rehearsals. The result is both a portrait and a unique glimpse of top actors seeking their way through the material. The film also offers a survey of the career of Shepard, including a report of his stormy relationship with his father, who died in 1984.

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