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My Dinner with Andre -- In Louis Malle's captivating and philosophical My Dinner with André, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with friend and theater director André Gregory at an Upper West Side restaurant, and the two proceed into an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional on love, death, money, and all the superstition in between.
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11 October 1981 (USA) See more »
Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Louis Malle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andre Gregory 
Wallace Shawn 

Produced by
Dave Franke .... associate producer
George W. George .... producer
Beverly Karp .... producer
Keith W. Rouse .... associate producer
Original Music by
Allen Shawn 
Cinematography by
Jeri Sopanen 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Baron 
Production Design by
David Mitchell 
Art Direction by
Stephen McCabe 
Set Decoration by
Doug Kraner  (as Douglas Kraner)
Costume Design by
Jeff Ullman  (as Jeffrey Ullman)
Makeup Department
Barbara Rouse .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lloyd Kaufman .... production manager (as Lloyd Kaufmann)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norman Berns .... assistant director
Art Department
Jean-Vincent Fournier .... properties (as Vincent Fournier)
Sound Department
Michael R. Burnstine .... boom operator (as Michael Burnstine)
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Pedro Bonilla .... assistant camera
Robert Lechterman .... gaffer
Diana Michener .... still photographer
Ralph Perri .... key grip
Robert Strong .... grip
Doug Sutton .... first electrician (as Douglas Sutton)
John Thomas .... second electrician
Deborah Watkins .... grip
Editorial Department
James Bruce .... assistant editor
Keith W. Rouse .... assistant editor
Music Department
Joseph Villa .... musician: piano, "First Gymnopédie"
Other crew
Ruth Ansel .... title designer
Richard Blankenship .... production assistant
James Bruce .... production coordinator
Matthew Gaddis .... production assistant
George W. George .... presenter
France Lachapelle .... script supervisor (as France LaChapelle)
Vincent Malle .... assistant to director
Richard Siegel .... production assistant
Michael White .... associate presenter
Scott MacDonough .... publicity coordinator (uncredited)
Mercedes Gregory .... special thanks
Dede Leiber .... special thanks
Steve Leiber .... special thanks
Margaret Ramsey .... special thanks
George Ross .... special thanks
Max Stafford-Clark .... special thanks
Frederick M. Supper .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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110 min
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Film debut of Andre Gregory.See more »
Continuity: Shortly after the main course is served, Wallace Shawn's plate disappears, then a few minutes later, it's back again.See more »
[first lines]
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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112 out of 147 people found the following review useful.
Existential Paradox becomes Celluloid, 21 March 1999
Author: fideist from Chicago, IL

MY DINNER WITH ANDRE is one of the greatest movies of all time because it works on a seemingly infinite number of levels. Yet at the same time it is one of the biggest failures in film because it only succeeds in connecting to the most insightful of its audience. The resulting paradox only serves to prove the film's lesson to be true. Brilliant!

This is either a movie you will turn off after fifteen minutes, or it is a movie you will watch over and over again to pick up all the things you missed in previous screenings. The former will be bored and lost by the endless, meaningless talk. The latter will find gold in every word, and veins left to be mined time after time.

In simple terms, the question is understood "If life is a stage, are you going to be an actor, a director, or a playwright?" It is the viewer's choice. Wally is a struggling playwright who has fallen back on acting. Andre is a former actor and director who has left the theatre entirely. Wally and Andre meet for dinner, and Andre recounts his experiences since leaving the theatre.

But one of the ironies is that their dinner itself is theatre, and both Andre and Wally have roles to fill. [Notice they wrote the script and use their real names. They are not playing characters. They are necessarily playing themselves.] And summarily the viewer also has a role to fill. If life is a stage, viewing the theatre is in itself theatre. The viewer is now in a place of choosing the role. And will that choice be made mechanically or deliberately? Mechanics is acting. Deliberation is playwrighting.

This is a brilliant, brilliant film. One of the greatest movies of all time. And its resolve is purely subjective to the individual viewer. The goal is to deliberate and come away enlightened (literally). Unfortunately the majority of viewers will act mechanically and turn it off.

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