The Laramie Project (TV Movie 2002)

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The Laramie Project: Directed by Moisés Kaufman. With Kathleen Chalfant, Laura Linney, Peter Fonda, Jeremy Davies. The true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

“A young gay man brutally killed by two young men trying to make a point about their hatred of homosexuals is the basis of Moises Kaufmanu0026#39;s brilliant play seen here a few years ago. On the stage the play is somewhat detached because of the limitations in the text, but as a film, adapted for the screen by Mr. Kaufman, the immediacy of the story is more shocking than in the theater.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026quot;The Laramie Projectu0026quot; is seen in a documentary fashion. The director and his assistants went to Laramie to investigate the incident that caused a world wide uproar because of the savage way Matthew Shepardu0026#39;s death had caused. In recreating the facts, Mr. Kaufman has dramatized the story by having real actors play the different people in town with whom he and his collaborators talked during the days of the research trip.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWhat comes out about the story is that individually, the citizens of Laramie were as shocked as everyone else was. After all, they considerer themselves as pretty tolerant, so why a horrible tragedy like this could ever happened amongst them? In fact, it only takes a pair of misguided individuals, who think thought they would make a statement by inflicting on the unsuspecting Matthew Shepard a punishment he didnu0026#39;t deserve.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe ensemble cast that play the different parts is an inspired choice. Mr. Kaufman was lucky in amassing such talent that respond so well to his commands. Steve Buscemi, Camryn Manhein, Laura Linney, Amy Madigan, Frances Sternhagen, Christina Ricci, Margo Martindale, Kathleen Chalfant, Terry Kinney, just to name a few, give excellent readings about what really occurred in Laramie.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eUltimately, Mr. Kaufman makes his point by just letting the citizens of Laramie come to terms with the horrible tragedy that shook their town.”

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