Shepard & Dark
Directed by Treva Wurmfeld
Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960's and, despite leading very different lives, remained close friends ever since. Shepard became a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (BURIED CHILD) and an Academy Award-nominated actor THE RIGHT STUFF), while Dark was a homebody who supported himself with odd jobs. Through the decades, they stayed bonded by family ties. Dark married an older woman named Scarlett and Shepard married her daughter. For years, the two couples lived together, until Shepard broke away for a relationship with Jessica Lange in 1983, leaving Johnny to help father his first son. Nevertheless, he and Dark continued writing to each other, amassing hundreds of letters.
Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the 60's and remained close friends ever since. Shepard became a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and an Academy Award-nominated actor, while Dark was a homebody.
Cast: Sam Shepard, Johnny Dark
Once I remembered that on Sundance Now There is a CC option sometimes, so you can "hear" the film soundtrack enough to keep up, I was happy to sustain to the end. I was glad of it. I wish it was louder. It was life and friendships, as they are, always changing and there are plenty of interesting small events mixed into the tragedy of life we all come to know. Many parallels with my own. So now I can think about them with a new perspective and perhaps sleep easier with the telling.
A wise film. It does not try to smooth things over and yet nonetheless flows. I learned a lot.
loved it I was thinking it was going to be one thing and it turned into something else. Revealing the character of a playwright, that as so often does, the character flaws that give them the angst from which to work.
A touching tribute to friendship love loss and renewal . While it is a rare glimpse into the to the private life of one of America 'a most beloved playwrights , more importantly it's a shockingly honest account into a decades old relationship between two very different men . It reveals the beautiful similarities of open , honest safe (and dangerous ) conversation and correspondence over many decades . Near or far they always found this anchor in the other to lay bare their innermost hopes and fears . A great insight into friendship and a Truly special film I think