This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs the Late Henry Moss
This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs the Late Henry Moss (2004)

In 2000, director Michael Almereyda brought his film crew to San Francisco to document the rehearsal process for the Magic Theater's production of Sam Shepard's play +The Late Henry Moss, as directed by the playwright himself. The… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 14, 2004
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

One of the finer peeks into the creative process of staging a play.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Will appeal mostly to those who love theater and relish the opportunity to see a production being built, scene by scene.

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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Theater lovers are likely to find the film interesting even when it zigs and zags.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Consistently engrossing, with nary a dull moment, and very enlightening on what is popularly called "the actor's process."

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

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.

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David Edelstein
Slate

It's fun to see actors doing what they do and to see them through the eyes of a director.

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E! Online

A fractured but compelling piece of reality theater.

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[font=Century Gothic]"This So-Called Disaster" is a documentary directed by Michael Almereyda about the 2000 San Francisco production of Sam… More