For our release of A Master Builder, Jonathan Demme’s film of André Gregory and Wallace Shawn’s Henrik Ibsen adaptation, we turned to writer and New York culture maven Fran Lebowitz, a friend of Gregory and Shawn’s, to talk to the theater and film legends about life, art, and their careers. In this excerpt, the three discuss the eternal vitality of playwrights like Ibsen and Chekhov (whose Uncle Vanya was the basis for Gregory and Shawn’s Vanya on 42nd Street). Our collector’s set André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films, which features My Dinner with André, Vanya, and A Master Builder, is available today.
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The Oscar-winning actor remembers how her heightened political consciousness in the early 1970s led to her initial hesitation to take on the leading role in Alan J. Pakula’s psychological thriller.
Agnieszka Holland’s Ironic Slant on the Unspeakable
The acclaimed Polish director explains how her international breakthrough film, Europa Europa, was inspired by a desire to tell a different, less predictable kind of Holocaust story.