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Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner

Andre Gregory , Julianne Moore , Cindy Kleine  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Andre Gregory, Julianne Moore, Wallace Shawn
  • Directors: Cindy Kleine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Guild
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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ANDRE GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER is a wonderful exploration of the life and work of groundbreaking director, actor and artist Andr‚ Gregory. A witty and often hilariously funny raconteur, Gregory looks back on a career that spanned decades, shattered boundaries and established him as a cultural icon. He recalls the making of My Dinner With Andre, the Louis Malle-directed classic in which he starred and co-wrote, reflects on his pivotal role in American theatre, dishes on his brief sojourn in Hollywood, and talks about the discovery that led him to question his own identity and life's work. Bringing us back and forth in time, Gregory looks not only at his life, but at the nature of art, love and the creative process. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Cindy Kleine (who is also his wife), Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner is a brilliant portrait of a modern renaissance man.

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An impresario of alternative theater and a man of the screen, Andre Gregory is the enigmatic dinner companion of actor Wallace Shawn in "My Dinner With Andre." That film is a charm and a delight, if one has a penchant for delectable dinner conversation that seems to span the galaxy. In "Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner" we are treated to a different version of our dinner companion--hence the subtitle. I have given this film 5 stars with but one hesitation--it might have been more authoritative or conclusive about this man who waxes intellectual, heartfelt and spiritual in a whirl. There seems to be some reservation lurking within this experience. It is possible that any treatment of Mr.Gregory and the engines of his life could never be so certain--he is a man in geographical, physical and intellectual motion. This film discusses Mr. Gregory's influence on the theater, explores generational tensions in his past, treats us to a wrenching view of his very human health crisis, and explores his wife's own individual creative genius (including as the director of the film). Wallace Shawn makes appearances that are more than cameo and somewhat revealing of his own human character. As a figurative ode the human spirit, this film is a winner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rich story about making art November 18, 2013
I loved this film for its humor and its insight into the life and process of a great artist. I'll never look at the theater or acting in the same way again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The art of life, the life of art August 9, 2014
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This fascinating & intimate film both is & isn't a sequel of sorts to the classic "My Dinner With Andre" -- remembering always that "Andre Gregory" the character isn't quite Andre Gregory the actual person. Still, for anyone who was enthralled by that previous film will find much to love here, as it not only explores the roots of the man, but where he has gone since the film was made.

What really matters here is examining the creative life -- and not merely the creation of art, as a response to & a refining of life experience; but also the creation of an individual life itself, something that's always being reshaped & always revealing new facets for those willing to pursue the often difficult & frightening process of inner growth. For Andre is shown to be as troubled as he is charming & intelligent & gifted ... and perhaps being troubled, emotionally wounded from a materially sumptuous but psychologically frozen childhood, is the root source of those many positive qualities. Clearly he's a man reacting to an emotionally blank father & distant mother; if anything, he's gone very much in the opposite direction, becoming naked & vulnerable in ways that would have been incomprehensible to his parents.

But I don't want to make this sound like depressing psychobabble! That's the last thing it is, being filled with humor, warmth, and a shrewd, knowing eye on the part of the filmmaker, Andre's second wife Cindy Kleine. We're given a portrait of a somewhat unlikely marriage that's grown richer & closer over the years, a sacred or at least blessed space for two people. And we're invited to follow Andre's long career, interspersed with delightful anecdotes & stories -- but of course "My Dinner With Andre" showed us what a superb raconteur he is, after all.
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