[lit-ideas] Re: My Dinner with Andre

WOOL!!  You might as well cover up with a hair shirt!  Forget blankets.
Down comforters are the ONLY way to go.

Julie Krueger




On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 12:05 AM, Mike Geary <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> WD:
>
>> My heart is warmed as if by an electric blanket to hear you say this,
>> Eric.
>>
>
> You beat me to it.  I loved that film as well.  Was blown away by it.
>  Don't know that I could tell you much about the movie today, two men talk
> interminably about their lives, hell, everybody I know does that. But it
> blew me away back them.  The last time I saw it was in 1986 when I made my
> 12th grade Speech Class in Covington, TN (about 30 miles north of Memphis)
> watch it -- it took up 2 classes : ) -- I can only remember how fascinated I
> was by it.  Was it the voyeuristic quality of it?  But I usually associate
> voyeurism with sexual titillation, not the
> intellectual-emotional-philosophical undressing that goes on in that film. I
> can't remember the students' reactions -- I'm sure I didn't care what they
> thought, I was determined to break some moulds -- but I'm willing to bet
> bunches that theirs was not favorable review, but a few of the kids were
> very bright, so who knows, maybe I lit a candle or two.
>
> I also saw "Vanya on 42nd Street" -- with Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn.
> That was '94 or '95.  It was amazing too.  I am so grateful for any culture
> that gets sidetracked and ends up in Memphis that I genuflect and kiss the
> hands of those poor, lost souls.
>
> Back in the 70's there was a series produced by Ely Landau called the
> American Film Theatre.  That was the greatest "artistic" thing cinema has
> ever done.  I saw "Three Sisters", "The Iceman Cometh", "The Homecoming", "A
> Delicate Balance", "The Maids", "Butley" and "Rhinoceros" starring some of
> the best actors in the world.  It was like dying and going to Broadway.
>
> Does anyone else remember that series?  When I try to find something on TV
> only to have my desire for entertainment turned into suicidal despair, I
> think of that series and wonder why in God's name with all the incredible
> literature out there we as a species prefer shit?  Where's my gun?
>
> Mike Geary
> Memphis
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "William Dolphin" <dolphinw@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 9:33 PM
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: My Dinner with Andre
>
>
>
>  My heart is warmed as if by an electric blanket to hear you say this,
>> Eric.
>>
>> You are the first of my circle of even attenuated acquaintance who
>> actually
>> enjoy this odd movie, though I suppose "interesting" is not the same as
>> "enjoyable".
>>
>> Personally, I was captivated by it on first viewing as an earnest
>> undergrad.
>> I so wanted to know people like Andre Gregory myself, and there were none
>> of
>> that genus on the desolate plains of front range Colorado that I then
>> inhabited. Or at least insofar as I could find.
>>
>> I say "Andre Gregory" but he and Wallace Shawn insist neither is playing
>> himself and promised to switch roles in a remake. Shawn as "Andre" would
>> be
>> amazing, don't you think? Certainly more comic.
>>
>> I've forced a few others to watch the film over the years, but it's always
>> been less satisfying, mostly because I absorbed some of their bewilderment
>> and boredom, I think.
>>
>> An interesting note about the movie: I've heard that it was shot in an
>> unheated space on a cold day; apparently there are moments when you can
>> see
>> the breath of Gregory and Shawn, though I can't confirm that, since I've
>> not
>> seen it since learning that.
>>
>> But tell me, when it's cold in New York, do you use the blanket?
>>
>> Wm. Dolphin
>> Memphis
>>
>>
>>
>>  -----Original Message-----
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>>> [mailto:lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Eric Yost
>>> Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 10:50 AM
>>> To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Subject: [lit-ideas] My Dinner with Andre
>>>
>>>
>>> On a whim, I ordered _My Dinner with Andre_ on
>>> interlibrary loan. Haven't seen it since it was first
>>> released. It's just as interesting now as it was then.
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