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Wow! I have a copy released by Fox/Lorber on DVD and the color and sound are very bad. I'm looking forward to this one, also that Amy Taubin wrote an essay for the DVD booklet as I took a class with her as an undergraduate and she was fantastically interesting (we now teach at the same institution).
My Breakfast with Blassie is better.Only an artsy, pretentious snob would deny it.
"Only an artsy, pretentious snob would deny it."Only artless, pretentious snobs think Andy Kaufman was ever funny!
Many years ago, the National Lampoon featured a cartoon in one of its issues titled "My Dinner with Andy" IIRC. As it happened, Andy was in full clown makeup and had just hit his dinner partner with a cream pie.
Cool. I've had it on my Netflix list for a while, with the notation (attached by NFLX) of "Unknown" release date. Now maybe it'll move on up into my actual queue.
"My Dinner.." was the post-marriage date during which my California wife realized with full emotional force what, theretofore, she had only grasped intellectually: that she'd married a New Yorker.I loved the movie. She hated it.28 years later, we still see most things basically that same way.
I wonder what it's like with Spanish subtitles. Or dubbed into German.André: "Ich meine, die habe ich glaube, ich war, weißt du? Ich meine, das ist die Geschichte eine Art verwöhnt Prinzessin. Ich meine, Sie wissen, die habe ich glaube, ich war, der Schah von Iran? Wissen Sie, ich frage mich, ob Leute wie ich sind wirklich nicht Albert Speer, Wally. Sie wissen? Der Architekt der Hitler, Albert Speer?"
I remember watching Andy Kaufman when I was a little kid doing his obnoxious wrestling and SNL routines, rather than the Latka Gravas stuff on Taxi, and disliking him. Nothing since then has changed my opinion, including watching the movie "Man on the Moon". Though that may be because Jim Carrey, the most repulsive comic actor since the Golden Age of Athens, was the lead actor in that film.
I finally watched it last week and enjoyed it as I knew I would. My only critique was that towards the end Wally seemed to be forced into disagreement with Andre as if in order to give the film something the film maker thought it might need. I would have been just as happy had Wally reaffirmed Andre's new found wisdom.The disagreement seemed to be borne for it own sake. Not that Wally didn't try his best. What can you say on the face of so much adventure?
Great news! I've got the date circled.
And here's hoping that it comes up on a South Park episode.
I have the Fox/Lorber version too, and it's the most atrocious DVD I've ever seen. It's as if somebody made a bad videotape of it when it was on TV, then burned that copy of it to a disc. Yet I've watched it many times. When the movie was out, I saw it in the theater twice -- 2 nights in a row. It will be amazing to see something close to the real thing now, after all these years.
You can watch the whole thing on YouTube. Color looks good to me.
Andre is one of those fascinating people on film who are impossible in life.
The link (or comparison) to Richard Linklater films in the, er, link above is amusing.I love Dinner with Andre, but I love, love, love Before Sunset. No, not the first Ethan Hawke talky, but the second one, which, I hope they do a third. Richard Linkater seems to love these real-time life experiment movies. He's doing one now and filming a child over, like, five or six years.The ability to write good dialogue is such a wonder....yeah, you wonder creators!Suggestions, all, for someone who likes My Dinner with Andre and Before Sunset?
"Andre is one of those fascinating people on film who are impossible in life."Yes. That is what made the movie so good. Andre is seems so believable and interesting. But the stuff he is saying and experienced is so far out it could never really happen. But it seems to real. Movie magic. I will have to watch this one alone. My wife will hate it I know. I tried to get her to watch Swimming to Cambodia once and she lasted five minutes with it. She wouldn't last any longer with this one.
"Suggestions, all, for someone who likes My Dinner with Andre and Before Sunset?"I would suggest all of the Spalding Grey monologues. Swimming to Cambodia is the best known one. But Monster in a Box is good to.
I find it difficult to understand Wallace Shawn when he speaks - his speech impediment is very distracting.
Palladian said..."Only an artsy, pretentious snob would deny it."Only artless, pretentious snobs think Andy Kaufman was ever funny!.May be but Classy Freddie Blassie was the star of the movie.
I'll plug another of my favorite talkie movies yet again: Strangers in Good Company.
""Suggestions, all, for someone who likes My Dinner with Andre and Before Sunset?"""What Happened Was." "Slacker."
Thx for the suggestions everyone.
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