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Shepard & Dark [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • Release Date: Oct. 22 2013
  • ASIN: B00E0FVZCI

Product Description

SHEPARD & DARK is a documentary portrait of the unlikely decades-long friendship between actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard and reclusive oddball Johnny Dark, through a correspondence of handwritten letters dating back to the 1960s.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating Doc on Sam Shepard Reveals More Than Anyone Could Expect Dec 23 2013
By Ron Foley Macdonald , . - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Voyeur's Dream Feb. 3 2014
By Mr. Reinaldo Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
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I lived near Shepard and Dark during a period given much attention in this revelatory documentary. Johnny Dark comes off as a true spiritual seeker (he and Shepard were both involved deeply in the Gurdjieff Work for much of the time span of this film), very humble and observant of life's little redeeming moments. Their interaction during the period in which they're combing through old letters reveals Shepard as kind of a curmudgeon and a bully, apparently resentful of Johnny's participation. Those familiar with Shepard's oft-plumbed relationship with his violent alcoholic father will see how deeply embedded he is in Shepard's psyche. There are also moments of supreme sweetness here. I re-watched the film, which actually employs a frustrating yet commendable discretion regarding Shepard's relationship and break-up with actress Jessica Lange, immediately upon finishing it the first time. Anyone interested in American arts and letters, family relationships, and the 1960s' legacy will enjoy this documentary, and will profit even more if they read the recently-published book of Shepard-Dark letters. There's a nice teaser at the end: Shepard is plumbing Greek tragedies for an upcoming play called "A Particle of Dread," and Johnny says that Shepard's preoccupation with the Greek notion of fate might be a way of Shepard letting himself off the hook for many of his choices and misbehavior with those around him.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful... Jan. 28 2014
By cat - Published on Amazon.com
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...and sad. Lovely, poignant and moving. But it left me wanting more. It ended on an uncertain, empty note. Maybe a sequel?
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop thinking about it June 3 2014
By JD - Published on Amazon.com
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In the first place, I couldn't believe the enigmatic Shepard even considered such a project, much less followed through with it - up to a point.

The majority of the story is delightful - two old friends reflecting on their quirky history together. How could anyone not envy the tie that bound them together for decades... in spite of everything.

But then...was it only in his look back that Dark realized he'd so often been treated by Shepard as being less than equal?

And who wouldn't ache for Shepard? Did he really reach 70 before he admitted to himself that - his writing to the contrary - he has more often than not been his father's son ?

Fascinating, informative, yet disturbing and sad.

A movie that definitely deserves a second look

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