This So-Called Disaster

This So-Called Disaster

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Director: Michael Almereyda, Michael Lasciak

Cast: Michael Almereyda, Michael Lasciak

     
 

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Michael Almereyda's documentary This So-Called Disaster debuts on DVD with this bare-bones release from MGM. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible, but there are no supplemental materials of anySee more details below

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Michael Almereyda's documentary This So-Called Disaster debuts on DVD with this bare-bones release from MGM. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible, but there are no supplemental materials of any consequence.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Michael Almereyda's fly-on-the-wall documentary This So-Called Disaster offers nearly 90 minutes of intimate footage of some high-powered actors at work, but they are not what gives the film its worth. Although Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, and Woody Harrelson all have reputations as wild men, they are across-the-board professional throughout the proceedings. This is because they, like Almereyda, are obviously in awe of the play's writer and director, Sam Shepard. The best moments in the film take place away from the rehearsals when Shepard, alone on a chair on a porch, reveals the autobiographical facts about his relationship with his father. This often painful history has provided the raw material from which Shepard has fashioned plays that have made him arguably the most successful America playwright of his time. To hear him speak about these facts is engaging, but the majority of the film takes place while the actors are working with Shepard and each other. Seeing how they hone their performances in order to wring every nuance from the script is fascinating for anyone with an interest in the acting process, but those looking for reality-TV tension between the performers will be disappointed. This So-Called Disaster is a respectful film that will appeal to those with an interest in Shepard.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2004
UPC:
0027616919588
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:29:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Father Figure [8:35]
2. Act I - In the Desert [2:46]
3. Act II - Taxi for Mr. Moss [3:49]
4. Script Revisions [4:19]
5. Act III - Admittedly Dead [3:47]
6. On Becoming an Actor [5:08]
7. A Shepard History [1:46]
8. Playing Dead [5:05]
9. "Your Story?" [3:13]
10. Cutting, Speeding [6:49]
11. "Atmospheric" Music [3:32]
12. Talking to the Actor [4:09]
13. Early Theater Days [3:29]
14. How Far to Shove [2:54]
15. Lighting Design [6:21]
16. Run-Through [3:11]
17. The Comanche Joke [5:07]
18. The Madman's Last Days [6:30]
19. Opening Night [4:13]
20. End Credits [3:10]

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