Sunday

Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn

I was thrilled to read in the New York Times that Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn have a new project. I had heard that Shawn translated Ibsen's The Master Builder years ago and that they were workshopping the play. Gregory is known for spending years on theatrical projects. Now they'll be making a film of the project directed by Jonathan Demme. Their previous cinematic collaborator, the great director Louis Malle who filmed My Dinner with Andre and Vanya on 42nd Street, died in 1995.

I admit that Demme is an uneven filmmaker. I'm a great fan of his documentaries like Swimming to Cambodia, Storefront Hitchcock, Stop Making Sense, The Agronomist. His fictional films range from The Silence of the Lambs, Rachel Getting Married and Something Wild to more uneven but always interesting films like Philadelphia, Beloved, The Truth About Charlie.

Vanya on 42nd Street just came out on dvd from the Criterion Collection. A new Gregory-Shawn collection being filmed this spring. It's so rare to get good news when opening the New York Times.

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