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Review: Sam Shepard Documentary 'Shepard & Dark' A Fascinating Look At Male Friendship

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 28, 2013 2:02 PM
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The thorny dynamics of heterosexual male friendship is a fascinating black hole that few narrative films ever bother looking into. Instead, most choose to focus on simplistic, superficial social maneuvering (or the all-important bromance) without ever investigating the knotty emotional undercurrents that course through every lengthy male friendship. One of the chief pleasures of “Shepard & Dark,” which concerns the relationship between Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard and his buddy Johnny Dark, who now runs a deli counter at a New Mexico supermarket, is that you get to see all the wonderful, horrible, emotionally raw components that go into male friendship and how those can go from being solid building blocks to puddles of muck.

Exclusive: Sam Shepard Explains He Was Once An "Enemy Of Sentimentality" In Clip From 'Shepard & Dark'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 11:05 AM
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If you want to know who someone really is, sometimes it pays to talk their friends. And it's somewhat from that angle that filmmaker Treva Wurmfeld approaches her upcoming documentary "Shepard & Dark." And it's an interesting peek into the life of Sam Shepard using the conduit of his lifelong friend, Johnny Dark.

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