Sunday, 3 May 2015

My Dinner with Andre

My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 film starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, written by Gregory and Shawn themselves, and directed by movie magician Louis Malle. The film depicts an intense conversation between Gregory and Shawn (not necessarily playing themselves) at the fictional Café des Artistes (actually the vacant Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, which has since been restored and reopened as a luxury venue). Based mostly on conversation, the film's dialogue covers such things as experimental theatre, the nature of theatre, and the nature of life, contrasting Shawn's modest, down-to-earth humanism with Gregory's extravagant spiritual experiences. I was wary of watching 111 minutes of two guys having dinner in a restaurant, but found the film fascinating, a bit like my head had been peeled open with a tin opener and all the thoughts had poured out onto the screen.

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