My Dinner with Andre

Film by Louis Malle

My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 film written by and starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, and directed by Louis Malle.

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  • "I want to make a movie about this very thing," he said. "I was thinking about it last night at the Oscars. My Dinner with Andre, but in bed naked. My Lovemaking with Elena. This is how her body looked. This is how my body looked. This is how the light in the room changed as the sun rose and the clouds came in off the ocean. This is what we said. This is what we did. This is what we felt. Ninety minutes. Doesn't that sound great? We've made love for ninety minutes any number of times, and every time was interesting and most of them were worthy of film. But, and here's the great part, it would be a real filming challenge. How would you get in close? How would you set up the camera? What sort of film stock would you use? I mean, look at the skin of your arm here." He lifted her arm. It looked brownish and mottled to her, like a fauxed wall, though not shiny. "With the right lighting, we could make that skin look any way we wanted to. Rich, deep peachy pink. Parched, bleached-out sand color. But how would we make it look like you, just like you? That's what I would want, except, of course, the actress wouldn't be you. Frances McDormand, maybe. I thought of her. Anyway—"

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