My Dinner With Andre

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Whatever one's thoughts may be on Louis Malle's film about an extended dinner conversation between two old friends, no one can deny that its treatment on DVD is subpar. Presented in a full-screen format, the picture looks no different from its transfer on home video. The sound too is decidedly poor, again sounding more like an aged VHS copy than what viewers have come to expect from DVD. Extras are absent, aside from a handful of cast and crew biographies. While some may argue that a film such as My Dinner With ...
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Whatever one's thoughts may be on Louis Malle's film about an extended dinner conversation between two old friends, no one can deny that its treatment on DVD is subpar. Presented in a full-screen format, the picture looks no different from its transfer on home video. The sound too is decidedly poor, again sounding more like an aged VHS copy than what viewers have come to expect from DVD. Extras are absent, aside from a handful of cast and crew biographies. While some may argue that a film such as My Dinner With Andre is not in need of a lavish, extra-laden DVD of the caliber of, say, Armageddon, the fact remains that the film is a long-beloved treasure of art-house cinema; it deserves a better transfer.
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It would be difficult to sell Hollywood producers on a movie that was nothing more than an extended conversation between two friends at a restaurant. Yet the risk-taking director Louis Malle turned this talk-fest into an art-house success. My Dinner with André is in many ways the ultimate art-house movie: low budget, highly philosophical, and demanding an intellectual audience's unstinting attention. Malle used two theater veterans, actor-playwright Wallace Shawn and director André Gregory, to play themselves, using a script based on their actual discussions. The film works surprisingly well, primarily because the two men seem to have opposite temperaments: Shawn shy and cynical, Gregory curious and adventurous. The camera rarely wanders away from the dinner table, yet the film's impact is considerable; Malle lets the audience unloosen its own imagination and thoughts, and the effect is much like listening intently to an excellent radio play. My Dinner with André is a one-of-a-kind film, and its success is unlikely to be repeated.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/1998
  • UPC: 720917504322
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wallace Shawn Himself
Andre Gregory Himself
Roy Butler Bartender
Jean Lenauer Waiter
Technical Credits
Louis Malle Director
Suzanne Baron Editor
George W. George Producer
Andre Gregory Screenwriter
Lloyd Kaufman Production Manager
Jean-Claude Laureux Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen McCabe Production Designer
David Mitchell Production Designer
Wallace Shawn Screenwriter
Jeri Sopanen Cinematographer
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Scene Index

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0. Scene Selection
1. The Playwright [:46]
2. Meeting Andre [5:44]
3. Sitting Down to Dinner [2:54]
4. Soup [11:31]
5. Soup Finished [14:11]
6. Entre [11:09]
7. Dinner Conversation Continues [15:37]
8. Entre Ends [22:24]
9. Coffee [9:16]
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   Filmographies & Awards
      Louis Malle
      Wallace Shawn
      Andre Gregory
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MAKE A RESERVATION FOR 'MY DINNER WITH ANDRE''

    In MY DINNER WITH ANDRE (1981), directed by Louis Malle, two New York intellectuals (real life stage director André Gregory and actor Wallace Shawn, who together wrote the unscripted-sounding script) have a reunion in a chic restaurant and, over a fine and many-coursed meal, talk about their lives. Some people think the film is deadly boring; others (as I) love it. André and Wally could not be more different; yet I think of them as merely two sides of one person: dreamer, pragmatist. Over the course of the evening, with brief interruptions by an elderly, cadaverish waiter (whose tics and blinks suggest that he is bewildered by the oddity of the men he's serving), each diner does his best to explain how he’s coping with the world -- André talks to trees and Wally is happy if there’s not a dead fly in his cold cup of coffee. When they finally part, Wally treats himself to a taxi ride home. It’s night. Gazing out the window, he narrates that he remembers every block, every shopfront from his childhood; yet he stares as if he’s seeing the world for the very first time. It's as if, over his dinner with André, Wally had somehow been, in a tiny way, reborn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Are In For A Treat

    I have seen this movie several times and have always discovered new revelations during each viewing. Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory are brilliant. They spend almost the entire time before the cameras in animated conversation while eating dinner in a small restaurant in New York City. The conversation is unforgettable and the reason it will not soon leave my memory is that I feel I was there at the table with them. This effect is due to the considerable skills of the director, Louis Malle. Shawn has been a busy actor and playwright throughout his career with frequent appearances in various productions such as VANYA ON 42ND STREET, a movie with the same kind of appeal as MY DINNER WITH ANDRE. Gregory has worked primarily as a stage director. Louis Malle is also an excellent director with many film credits including VANYA ON 42ND STREET.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glad to get this one.

    I am very glad I finally decided to get this movie on DVD. This movie is absolutely fascinating.

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