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My Dinner With Andre Movie Review Summary

Actors: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn

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Two old friends, theater director and actor Andre Gregory and playwright and actor Wallace Shawn, have not seen each other in a long while and sit down to a leisurely dinner in a fine New York restaurant. For roughly 100 minutes, they talk about their lives and work -- or rather, Gregory mostly talks about his search for meaning, truth, and experience: roaming the world from a spiritual community in northern Scotland to India, pursuing experimental theater around the world, and trying to live his life to the fullest. Wally plays the quotidian stay-at-home, content to live with his girlfriend and read Charlton Heston's biography, and questions his friend's choice to elude the more practical considerations of life. Some people love this 1981 art film written by the two principles and directed by French master Louis Malle, others find it laughable or boring. (It was shot on a low budget in an abandoned hotel in Richmond Virginia, in the winter! The actors and crew had to stay warm with the help of the lights and long underwear.) But it is sui generis.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   very deep philosophy-of-life stuff Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of group of friends

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None

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