Following playwright-actor Sam Shepard as he and long-time bud Johnny Dark prepare a book of letters for a pile of money,
this documentary gets at the heart of one of America's greatest artistic figures without any kind of filter. Following their long
friendship from 1963 onwards--including a heartbreaking period of personal loss and domestic meltdowns--the story revolves
back to Shepard's basic obtuseness. Nothing explains his behavior, walking out on his family, and then (spoiler alert) walking out
on his friend and their project (which was eventually finished). Any insight into one of the great playwrights of our time, however,
is worth a look. I found Shepard And Dark to be an extraordinary trip into the eclipse of masculinity, which is, of course, one of
Shepard's greatest concerns. And while I was looking for any evidence of Sam Shepard's residence in Nova Scotia from 1969 to
1984--there's not a mention in the documentary--I found the film to be deeply engrossing anyways.