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My Dinner with Andre (1981)

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Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant. Gregory, a theater director from New York, is the more ... See full summary »

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Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant. Gregory, a theater director from New York, is the more talkative of the pair. He relates to Shawn his tales of dropping out, traveling around the world, and experiencing the variety of ways people live, such as a monk who could balance his entire weight on his fingertips. Shawn listens avidly, but questions the value of Gregory's seeming abandonment of the pragmatic aspects of life. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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$5,073 (USA) (14 May 1999)

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$5,073 (USA) (14 May 1999)
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The low-budget flick was shot in an abandoned hotel in Virginia - in the winter. "Since we didn't have the money to heat the hotel, (producer Beverly Karp) brought me a bit of cognac from time to time," recalls a co-producer. The crew kept warm by wearing ski clothes; the actors just had to act warm, aided by the lights and long underwear. See more »

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The amount of wine in Wallace Shawn's glass varies in a manner not consistent with his drinking from it (or having it refilled). See more »

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Wally: The life of a playwright is tough. It's not easy as some people seem to think. You work hard writing plays and nobody puts them on. You take up other lines of work to try to make a living. I became an actor and people don't hire you. So, you just spend your days doing the errands of your trade.
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My Ostentatious Ordeal With A Pretentious Pratt
11 October 2012 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is the type of movie that will appeal to film students . Two men sit in a restaurant having an existentialist conversation on life . Actually that's slightly misleading because because it's really about one artistic ( It says here ) loser listening to a pretentious ponce gibber on about all the places he's visited and how wonderful he is as a person . We all know someone like that don't we ? The irony is that the more educated and artistic someone is the less they know about life in all its beautifully vicious diversity , education does not make us smarter something the appropriately named Wally would have known if he wasn't so enamored by Andre

What Andre says never seems true and in reality much of what he says is factually false . For example Andre mentions visiting Ladakh in Western Tibet but Ladahk is in Kashmir , a completely different location . He also claims to have been to Poland . Let me get this straight - In the 1970s you could happily jaunt between the Iron curtain and the Bamboo curtain ? China might be a lot more liberal these days but the likes of Scorsese , Sharon Stone and Richard Gere going on a tour of Tibet still wouldn't be allowed so the likes of an artist being allowed in to Tibet after visiting the wrong sort of communist country certainly doesn't ring true

Anyone notice anything about Andre ? He's visited all these mystical countries and yet there's zero character development . There's nothing deep or profound about his experiences . Have you visited any exotic land dear reader ? If so what's your abiding memory ? My visit to India opened my eyes to the deeply disturbing misogynistic attitude that women have to endure due to religion . Everyone bleats - quite rightly

  • of the way Muslims treat women but the truth is Hindus are no better


. In the backward villages of India it's very common for a wife to receive a serious kicking from her husband and be made to sleep in a cow shed for four days during her period . A woman is only allowed a husband , not a boyfriend . The shoe never gets put on the other foot , men are allowed to do what they want with women in the sub continent and NGOs have to pick up the pieces . Do I sound angry to you ? Bloody right I am because the obscene misogyny of men towards women has been my abiding memory of the region

Some critics have picked up on Andre's narcissistic prattle , one critic being David Shipman , but not enough critics have . Andre is a fantasist in the same vein as Walter Mitty , he's a liar and a fraud and like Wally much of the commentators seem unable to pick up that what he's saying is absolute nonsense . It's certainly a film that stimulates debate but like a presidential debate or a university debating society there's a complete lack of sincerity or truth or even vermislitude involved


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