December 14th, 2008

My Dinner with André

My Dinner with André (1981), IMDB:

Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant.

From IMDB bio page for Andre Gregory:

In the early 1970s, Gregory underwent an existential crisis in his life and work which essentially brought this successful career to a halt. Five years later, as he began to emerge from a period of doubt and introspection, he met with and shared his many recent experiences — all unique, some even bizarre — with a friend, the actor and writer Wallace Shawn. (Gregory had met Shawn when Shawn famously attended every performance of Gregory’s 1970 “Alice in Wonderland” staging.) Shawn was impressed by Gregory’s humane, articulate way of relating this painful time in his life, and saw the potential for humor in the huge personality difference between the two friends, and suggested that the couple consider staging these discussions as a movie. The result, in collaboration with director Louis Malle, was My Dinner with Andre (1981), one of the most unique, touching, and funny movie-going experiences in modern cinema.

My Dinner with André is on youtube in 13 parts of roughly ten minutes each. via growabrain


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