André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films

André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films

 
André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray Collector's Set

3 Discs

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Collector's Set Info

When André Gregory and Wallace Shawn—theater directors, writers, actors, and longtime friends—sat down for a stimulating meal in 1981’s My Dinner with André, they not only ended up with one of cinema’s unlikeliest iconic scenarios but launched a film collaboration that would continue to pay creative dividends for decades. The subsequent projects they made together for the screen—1994’s Vanya on 42nd Street, a passionate read-through of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, and 2014’s striking Henrik Ibsen interpretation A Master Builder—are penetrating works that exist on the boundary between theater and film, and that both emerged out of many years of rehearsals with loyal troupes of actors. Gregory and Shawn’s unique contributions to the cinematic landscape are shape-shifting, challenging, and entertaining works about the process of creation.

Collector’s Set Includes

My Dinner with André box cover

My Dinner with André

Louis Malle 1981

Actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with his friend the theater director André Gregory at a restaurant on New York’s Upper West Side, and the pair proceed through an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional about love, death, money, and all the superstition in between.


Vanya on 42nd Street box cover

Vanya on 42nd Street

Louis Malle 1994

Vanya on 42nd Street is as memorable and emotional a screen version of Chekhov’s masterpiece as one could ever hope to see. This film, which turned out to be Malle’s last, is a tribute to the playwright’s devastating work as well as to the creative process itself.


A Master Builder box cover

A Master Builder

Jonathan Demme 2014

Brought pristinely to the screen by Jonathan Demme, this compellingly abstract reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Bygmester Solness features Shawn (who also wrote the adaptation) as a visionary but tyrannical middle-aged architect haunted by figures from his past,

Disc Features

  • High-definition digital restoration of My Dinner with André, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; restored high-definition digital transfer of Vanya on 42nd Street, supervised by director of photography Declan Quinn, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray; and high-definition digital master of A Master Builder, supervised by Quinn, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2009 with actor-writers André Gregory and Wallace Shawn about My Dinner with André, conducted by their friend the filmmaker Noah Baumbach
  • “My Dinner with Louis,” a 1982 episode of the BBC program Arena in which Shawn interviews director Louis Malle
  • Documentary from 2012 about Vanya on 42nd Street, featuring interviews with Gregory; actors Lynn Cohen, George Gaynes, Julianne Moore, Larry Pine, Shawn, and Brooke Smith; and producer Fred Berner
  • New interviews about A Master Builder with Gregory, Shawn, director Jonathan Demme, and actors Julie Hagerty and Lisa Joyce
  • New program featuring Gregory, Shawn, and their friend the author Fran Lebowitz in conversation
  • Trailers for Vanya on 42nd Street and A Master Builder
  • PLUS: Essays on the films by critics Amy Taubin, Steve Vineberg, and Michael Sragow; the prefaces written by Gregory and Shawn for the 1981 publication of My Dinner with André’s screenplay; and a 1994 report by Taubin from the set of Vanya on 42nd Street

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

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André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films (Criterion DVD)

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