My Dinner With Andre

My Dinner With Andre

Director: Louis Malle Cast: Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, Roy Butler

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Overview

A extended conversation between two old friends over dinner proves an unexpectedly fascinating subject for a film in the critically acclaimed My Dinner with André. The talkers in question are André Gregory, a renowned experimental theater director, and playwright and actor Wallace Shawn, both of whom play themselves. The film is not a documentary, but a condensation of several real discussions fashioned into a dramatic exchange by Shawn and director Louis Malle. The subtle conflict stems from the differences in the men's characters: Gregory is an inquisitive, uninhibited wanderer, willing to travel to remote lands to take part in unusual foreign rituals, while Shawn is the cynical, realistic New Yorker, more concerned with the challenges and rewards of day-to-day city life. Malle approaches their philosophical yet playful back-and-forth with a straightforward, minimal style that only rarely wanders outside its restaurant setting. The focus therefore falls on Shawn's and Gregory's contrasting verbal styles and facial expressions, highlighting conversational nuances normally lost on film. While the idea of watching any conversation for over 90 minutes, no matter how fascinating, may turn off some viewers, enough audiences have supported the film to make it an art-house classic.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2015
UPC: 0715515146814
Original Release: 1981
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 2,295

Special Features

Interview from 2009 with actor-writers André Gregory and Wallace Shawn, conducted by their friend the filmmaker Noah Baumbach "My Dinner with Louis," a 1982 episode of the BBC program Arena in which Shawn interviews director Louis Malle

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My Dinner With Andre 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie several times and have always discovered new revelations during each viewing. Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory are brilliant. They spend almost the entire time before the cameras in animated conversation while eating dinner in a small restaurant in New York City. The conversation is unforgettable and the reason it will not soon leave my memory is that I feel I was there at the table with them. This effect is due to the considerable skills of the director, Louis Malle. Shawn has been a busy actor and playwright throughout his career with frequent appearances in various productions such as VANYA ON 42ND STREET, a movie with the same kind of appeal as MY DINNER WITH ANDRE. Gregory has worked primarily as a stage director. Louis Malle is also an excellent director with many film credits including VANYA ON 42ND STREET.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In MY DINNER WITH ANDRE (1981), directed by Louis Malle, two New York intellectuals (real life stage director André Gregory and actor Wallace Shawn, who together wrote the unscripted-sounding script) have a reunion in a chic restaurant and, over a fine and many-coursed meal, talk about their lives. Some people think the film is deadly boring; others (as I) love it. André and Wally could not be more different; yet I think of them as merely two sides of one person: dreamer, pragmatist. Over the course of the evening, with brief interruptions by an elderly, cadaverish waiter (whose tics and blinks suggest that he is bewildered by the oddity of the men he's serving), each diner does his best to explain how he’s coping with the world -- André talks to trees and Wally is happy if there’s not a dead fly in his cold cup of coffee. When they finally part, Wally treats himself to a taxi ride home. It’s night. Gazing out the window, he narrates that he remembers every block, every shopfront from his childhood; yet he stares as if he’s seeing the world for the very first time. It's as if, over his dinner with André, Wally had somehow been, in a tiny way, reborn.
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I am very glad I finally decided to get this movie on DVD. This movie is absolutely fascinating.
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