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Sam Shepard doesn’t appear in Paris, Texas (1984), but his fingerprints are all over it. His dramas specialize in American families coming apart under the weight of spiritual emptiness.
From the moment Sam Shepard first appeared on the screen in Terrence Malick’s turn-of-the-century folk-epic Days of Heaven (1978), audiences recognized something special.
Today hardly anyone recognizes the name of Terence Young, director of 1967’s Wait Until Dark, a nerve-wracking crime yarn about a blind woman who is tormented in her basement apartment by a gang of nasty drug smugglers.
For at least two generations of moviegoers, Sam Shepard has been recognized simply as an actor. But there’s a whole lot more to the man.
If the British Shaun of the Dead represents the zomcom as high-end satire of social mores, the American Zombieland is simply pure unadulterated fun.
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