My Dinner With Andre
DIRECTOR: LOUIS MALLE
CAST: WALLACE SHAWN, ANDRE GREGORY
“I treated myself to a taxi. I rode home through the city streets. There wasn’t a street, there wasn’t a building that wasn’t connected to some memory in my mind.” Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, playing fictionalized versions of themselves, share a real-time conversation with the city outside looming over the pocket universe of My Dinner With Andre. Shawn’s journey from grubby downtown bohemia to the rarified environs of Café des Artistes (filmed at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virgina) grounds this famously cerebral film in the reality of daily New York City life, adding a necessary dimension to the resentments and alienation that animate Shawn and Gregory’s conversation.