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My Dinner with Andre *Full Version*

This is a 1981 film starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, written by Gregory and Shawn, and directed by Louis Malle.

The film depicts a dinner conversation between Wally and Andre, in a New York City chic restaurant. Highly rich in dialogue, it covers philosophical issues such as experimental theatre, the nature of theatre, the nature of life, aesthetics, meaning of life and postmodernism . It displays the contrast between Wally’s modest, down-to-earth humanism with Andre’s extravagant spiritual experiences.

The film is mostly told from Wally’s point of view but Andre does the bulk of the talking for the rest of the film. The initial focus is on Andre as he describes some of his experiences since he gave up his career as a theatre director in 1975. The rest of the film is a conversation as Wally tries to argue that living life as Andre has done for the past five years is simply not possible for the vast majority of people. In response, Andre suggests that what passes for normal life in New York in the late 1970s is more akin to living in a dream than it is to real life.

What we come to learn by the end of the film is that these two men are both on a search for meaning in their lives, and in life in general, but have drastically different methods and ideas for getting there, eventually failing to come to a clear resolution regarding their conflict in worldviews.

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