Detroit Film Theatre


ANDRE GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER

Saturday, August 31, 2013

9:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre


(USA/2012—directed by Cindy Kleine)

This portrait of groundbreaking director, actor, and artist André Gregory is a delightful and thoughtful appreciation of one man’s life and work. A brilliant and often hilariously funny raconteur, Gregory discusses the making of My Dinner With André (1981), written by and starring Gregory and Wallace Shawn and directed by Louis Malle. He speaks warmly of his lifelong friendship with Shawn (who also collaborated with him on Malle’s film of Vanya on 42nd Street and a recent production of Ibsen’s The Master Builder), and his problematic relationship with his European parents, describing them as “Jews who forgot to tell their children they were Jews” and who were, he recalls, “like the insane rulers of a little Balkan country.” Gregory even adds a dash of film noir as he investigates the possibility that his enigmatic father might have been an economic agent for the Nazis. Above all, the film reaffirms André Gregory as a master storyteller and a national treasure, whose life encompasses compelling passions, fears, and mysteries worthy of his theatrical mentors. (108 min.)

“It’s a really wonderful work. Enlightening, moving, and very much a love story.”Martin Scorsese

“Critics’ Pick! An indelible, gripping documentary portrait. André Gregory is a spellbinding raconteur.” –Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Thoroughly delightful. Gregory’s tale-spinning fluency dazzles as much as it did in Louis Malle’s My Dinner With André.”Ronnie Scheib, Variety