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My Dinner with Andre1981

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  • 4.3
In this captivating and philosophical film directed by Louis Malle, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with his friend the theater director Andre Gregory at a restaurant on New York's Upper West Side, and the pair proceed through an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional about love, death, money, and all the superstition in between. Playing variations on their own New York (honed personas), Shawn and Gregory, who also cowrote the screenplay, dive in with introspective intellectual gusto, and Malle captures it all with a delicate, artful detachment. A fascinating freeze-frame of cosmopolitan culture, MY DINNER WITH ANDRE remains a unique work in cinema history.

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It was almost revolutionary that Louis Malle made a film staring two actors playing versions of themselves talking over dinner. What's really amazing is that this film remains interesting. Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory will be forever chatting in my mind.

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It was almost revolutionary that Louis Malle made a film staring two actors playing versions of themselves talking over dinner. What's really amazing is that this film remains interesting. Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory will be forever chatting in my mind.

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This is still one of the most unique and engrossing film experiences--and that's the key word: experience. While this epic dialog between these two characters (the film still throws a shroud over whether we are watching the real Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, or scripted caricatures of themselves) ignites our intellectual curiosity, what really makes this film click is the the emotional connection we ultimately make: the dream of living in Andre's idealized world of art and creativity, and daily pragmatism of Wallace and the simple joy of a good cup of coffee. It's not about who's right and who's wrong, it's how we, the audience feel about it all. "My Dinner With Andre" speaks to our humanity, and in the end, we don't have to pick up the check.

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How is this film so captivating? So enthralling? So engaging? Two people talking, telling stories, agreeing, disagreeing. That's all there is... Masterful.

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Witty and humorous and brilliant in concept and realization. Truly a one of a kind movie/play. Louis Malle's direction and the unblinking sincerity of the actors make this a classic to enjoy again and again.

Who knows why? It transcends.