André Gregory: Before and After Dinner (2013)
ANDRE GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER is a wonderful exploration of the life and work of groundbreaking director, actor and artist Andre 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. (c) Cinema Guild … More
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Critic Reviews for André Gregory: Before and After Dinner
"André Gregory: Before and After Dinner," is an insightful documentary/love letter directed by Gregory's second wife, Cindy Kleine, who married Gregory when she was 39 and he was 63.
The film sees the creative process as a sacrament in which the play's not the thing but the getting there is.
A theater director's wife directs an admiring diary, as he rehearses an Ibsen play. Andre Gregory fancies himself a shaman but just comes off as an irrepressible raconteur.
The best scenes here show the retired thespian rehearsing a workshop production of Ibsen's The Master Builder with his friend, frequent collaborator, and Dinner costar Wallace Shawn.
The witty and hilarious biopic looks back with fondness on how Gregory became an American icon in the theater and even found relative success in Hollywood.
If you've long yearned to know more about the guy in My Dinner with Andre (or Demolition Man if you prefer), here's your chance.
"Before and After Dinner" is not fully satisfying, but it does offer a rich portrait of the artist as an ever-seeking explorer.
...touching and inspiring, celebrating a creative fervor that hasn't been dulled by age. On the contrary, Gregory's race against mortality has only made him more passionate.
As in My Dinner with Andre, Gregory comes across as a man who may not have all the answers, but never stops asking the right questions.
Perhaps the most valuable insight that the film provides about its subject is that he acts even as he directs.
The rich life and world of a true theatre artist, seen through the eyes of an adoring wife.
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