as part of Classics Night
Starlight Classics Night! In this captivating and philosophical 1981 film directed by Louis Malle, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with his friend the theater director André Gregory at a restaurant on New York’s Upper West Side, and the pair proceed through an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional about love, death, money, and all the superstition in between. Playing variations on their own New York–honed personas, Shawn and Gregory, who also cowrote the screenplay, dive in with introspective intellectual gusto, and Malle captures it all with a delicate, artful detachment. A fascinating freeze-frame of cosmopolitan culture, MY DINNER WITH ANDRÉ remains a unique work in cinema history.
PG, 110 min.
"What makes the film so intriguing and so beguiling and so utterly wonderful is the way it slowly reveals itself, uncoiling in ways that don't produce dramatic fireworks, but rather gradual realizations." – Q Network Film Desk
"MY DINNER WITH ANDRÉ elevates the simple activity of conversation to a fine – and lively – art. It is a film rich in ideas and brimming with very honest humanity." – Santa Cruz Sentinel
"A completely merited cult favourite of the avant-garde genre." – Empire Magazine
"MY DINNER WITH ANDRÉ is often celebrated for its audacity, but has now reached the point where it deserves similar credit for its prescience." – Not Coming to a Theater Near You
*Summary borrowed from Criterion Collection