Sam Shepard

  • Volker Schlöndorff – Homo Faber AKA Voyager (1991)

    Volker Schlöndorff1991-2000DramaFrance
    Homo Faber (1991)
    Homo Faber (1991)

    Synopsis:
    A man who has spent his life running away from his past. He is forced to finally deal things that he has left unresolved. When fate puts him on a collision course with the life that he reluctantly walked away from.
    Voyager was directed by Volker Schlondorff, who’s other notable films include The Tin Drum and Death of a salesman. The screenplay for Voyager was written by Rudy Wurlitzer (Two-Lane Blacktop, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid). The screenplay was adapted from Swiss author Max Frisch’s novel ‘Homo Faber’.Read More »

  • Kathy Bates – Dash and Lilly (1999)

    1991-2000DramaKathy BatesUSA
    Dash and Lilly (1999)
    Dash and Lilly (1999)

    The lives of Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman are set against the golden era of Hollywood, HUAC and the issue of McCarthyism of the 1950s. This intimate look at the lives of two of this century’s literary titans follows their tumultuous affair, drinking bouts, career highs and lows, and activities in support of left-wing causes including Hammett’s public avowal of Communism and his membership in the Communist Party and Hellman’s sympathies for the Stalinist regime in the Soviet Union before World War II. Bebe Neuwirth also appears as socialite-writer Dorothy Parker.Read More »

  • Christopher Menaul – One Kill (2000)

    1991-2000Christopher MenaulCrimeDramaUSA

    A divorced female marine officer (Anne Heche) with two small children begins an affair with a senior officer (Sam Shepard) in this fact-based drama. Things turn nasty when she discovers that he is married. She tells him it is over, but he won’t accept her ultimatum. Pledging to divorce his wife, he tries to force himself on her including an incident where he unloaded his weapon in front of a platoon of men at a firing range to get her attention. Finally, he breaks into her house and tries to force himself on her. She pulls a weapon from beneath her pillow and kills him. The movie then moves to the court room proceedings and a cover-up created by base officers who refuse to let their fellow officer’s reputation be smudged.Read More »

  • Philip Kaufman – The Right Stuff (1983)

    Philip Kaufman1981-1990AdventureDramaUSA

    The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.Read More »

  • Richard Pearce – Country (1984)

    1981-1990DramaRichard PearceUSA

    Quote:
    Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.Read More »

  • Daniel Petrie – Resurrection (1980)

    1971-1980Daniel PetrieDramaFantasyUSA

    Quote:
    Injured in a car crash, Edna Mae McCauley has an out-of-body experience where she sees faces from her past trying to guide her into the hereafter. But instead she returns to life. Soon after she discovers that she now has the power to heal. Back in the Mid-Western town of her childhood, she begins a faith-healing mission and tries to use her powers for good. But she must also deal with the condemnation of fundamentalists and a boyfriend who becomes religiously crazed and tries to kill her.Read More »

  • Robert Altman – Fool for Love [+extras] (1985)

    1981-1990DramaRobert AltmanUSA

    Fool for Love is a 1985 American drama film directed by Robert Altman. The film stars Sam Shepard, who also wrote both the original play and the adaptation’s screenplay, alongside Kim Basinger, Harry Dean Stanton, Randy Quaid and Martha Crawford. It was entered into the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. It was filmed in Eldorado and Las Vegas, New Mexico.Read More »

  • Oren Jacoby – Great Performances: Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself (1998)

    1991-2000DocumentaryOren JacobyPerformanceUSA

    Quote:
    A documentary film autobiography of Sam Shepard with selections from his plays and prose in performances by Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise and Vincent D’Onofrio. Shepard takes us on a quest into the idea of self, family and identity and a journey into the heartland of America – the landscape, characters, anxieties, and the music. The Signature Theatre presents a full season of his plays, spanning thirty years of writing. In his only extensive interview on film, Shepard speaks eloquently about the process of writing and the origins of his work.Read More »

  • Wim Wenders – Don’t Come Knocking (2005)

    2001-2010ArthouseDramaFranceWim Wenders

    Quote:
    With Don’t Come Knocking, Wim Wenders revisits territory, both literal and metaphorical, first explored in Paris, Texas. Not only does he return to the Southwest, but Sam Shepard is back as co-writer. This time, he’s also the star. His Howard Spence is a movie cowboy who’s had enough. One day while working in Monument Valley, he takes off his boots and hops a train to Nevada to see his mother (Eva Marie Saint, lovely as ever). Little does he know that Sutter (Tim Roth), a by-the-books bondsman, is hot on his trail. Next, Spence travels to Montana where a sad young woman named Sky (Sarah Polley) is recovering from a recent death, while an angry young man named Earl (Gabriel Mann), who sounds much like Chris Isaak, plies the troubadour trade. Spence doesn’t know it yet, but they’re the results of a rambunctious past that will soon “come knocking,” as it were. Read More »

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