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Venice Film Festival: Willem Dafoe, 4:44 Last Day on Earth

At the Venice Film Festival’s Excelsior Hotel Willem Dafoe discussed his role as an East Villager in Abel Ferrara’s comeback drama, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, where it was given its world premiere (and which also screens in the current New York Film Festival). Dafoe brings his customary gravity and reality to a startling premise that wonders: What would you do if you knew your end was near? The actor also examines what he learned for his made-in-Tasmania Toronto 2011 International Film Festival hit, The Hunter.


Beyond the Subtitles


Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.