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.
My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 American comedy-drama film directed by Louis Malle, and written by and starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn. The film depicts a conversation between Gregory and Shawn (not necessarily playing themselves[clarification needed]) at Café des Artistes. Based mostly on conversation, the film’s dialogue covers such things as experimental theatre, the nature of theatre, and the nature of life, contrasting Shawn’s modest, down-to-earth humanism with Gregory’s extravagant spiritual experiences.
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Directed by: Louis Malle
Starring: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Jean Lenauer, Roy Butler
Screenplay by: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn
Production Design by: David Mitchell
Cinematography by: Jeri Sopanen
Film Editing by: Suzanne Baron
Costume Design by: Jeff Ullman
Set Decoration by: Doug Kraner
Art Direction by: Stephen McCabe
Music by: Allen Shawn
Distributed by: New Yorker Films
Release Date: October 11, 1981