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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... 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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Contrary to popular belief, Gregory and Shawn have said they are not playing themselves in the film and are merely playing characters with their own names. When asked about it, they said if the opportunity ever came to remake the film, they would switch roles.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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My Ostentatious Ordeal With A Pretentious Pratt, 11 October 2012
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

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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