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André Gregory: Before and After Dinner
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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""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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...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."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"The rich life and world of a true theatre artist, seen through the eyes of an adoring wife."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The film sees the creative process as a sacrament in which the play's not the thing but the getting there is."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"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."
‑ Curt Holman, Paste Magazine
"A warm, tender, candid and thoughtful glimpse of André Gregory behind the curtain, warts-and-all."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A fond documentary made by Gregory's wife, Cindy Kleine."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"At last. A documentary that I didn't even know I was waiting for."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
""Before and After Dinner" is not fully satisfying, but it does offer a rich portrait of the artist as an ever-seeking explorer."
‑ Donald Liebenson,
"Perhaps the most valuable insight that the film provides about its subject is that he acts even as he directs."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
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