My Dinner with Andre is a passionate, volatile, and humorous encounter between two friends who have not seen each other for a long time, and decide to catch up on each others’ lives over dinner. Andre Gregory is an intense, highly experimental theater director and playwright in search of life’s meanings and spiritual revelations. His friend, Wally Shawn, is an actor and playwright living in New York who is more preoccupied with the search for his next meal. As Andre recounts his global journeys involving esoteric theatrical experiments and mystical adventures, Wally listens with more than skepticism, as his attitudes shift among wonder, puzzlement, admiration, and anger. What finally emerges is a sensitive portrait of a friendship that survives and transcends contrasting assumptions about love, death, art, and man’s continuing quest for self-fulfillment.
Louis Malle (born October 30, 1932, Thumeries, France—died November 23, 1995, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.) French motion-picture director whose eclectic films were noted for their emotional realism and stylistic simplicity.
Malle’s wealthy family resisted his early interest in film but allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris in 1950. After studying at the institute, he worked as an assistant to filmmaker Robert Bresson and codirected the documentary Le Monde du silence (1956; The Silent World) with underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Malle’s first feature film, Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (1957; Frantic), was a psychological thriller. His second, Les Amants (1958; The Lovers), was a commercial success and established Malle and its star, Jeanne Moreau, in the film industry. The film’s lyrical love scenes, tracked with exquisite timing, exhibit Malle’s typically bold and uninhibited treatment of sensual themes. Social alienation… read more
The exterior-set bookends are cool-they fold the dinner into the rest of a man's life, creating the sense of revelation that will degrade with time and that, as compensation, will be embalmed, turned into part of a narrative. But the dinner itself...maybe I'm wrong, but I seem to recall having more profound conversations with friends when I was baked as a teenager. Better as a formal idea than an experience.
"You see, I keep thinking that what we need is a new language - a language of the heart. (...) Some kind of language between people that is a new kind of poetry. (...) And I think that in order to create that language you're going to have to learn how you can go through a looking glass into another kind of perception, where you have that sense of being united to all things and suddenly you understand everything."
No other film has the magnitude or expressed the pure gift of human existentialism than My Dinner with Andre (1981), written by Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, who practically play themselves in the… read review