Notes: The André Company. 110 minutes.
André Gregory: André Gregory
Wallace Shawn: Wallace Shawn
Director: Louis Malle
Producers: George W. George and Beverly Karp
Screenplay: Wallace Shawn and André Gregory
Cinematography: Jeri Sopanen
Music: Allen Shawn
Summary: During the 1980s, Wallace Shawn, a writer and playwright, is forced to attend a dinner with André Gregory, a burned-out theater director. Except for a few minutes at both the beginning and end of this film "action" all takes place at the dinner table; we get to eavesdrop on their entire conversation. André talks about his journeys to exotic locations, and amidst these stories we also get to observe an entire meal.
Commentary: We get to see Gregory and Shawn read and select from the menus and also the various courses as they are served. The best food moment in this film is when the quail is served; it looks delicious but the serving is quite small. This causes the diner to make the remark, "I didn't realize how small they are." The focus of this film is the conversation, not the food. Considering that almost the entire film occurs at the dinner table it is worthy of being considered a food film. However very little screen time is devoted to the food; the food is very rarely shown at a good angle and is anything but spectacular -- it pales in comparison even to the dishes in Soul Food. Also, a film that is an endless conversation between two men can at times be difficult to sit through for a mere glimpse of quail.