History Film / MyDinnerWithAndre

2nd Apr '16 3:22:01 PM ading
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* ShapedLikeItself:
-->'''Andre''': You see a terrorist on the news, they look ''just like'' a terrorist.
22nd Mar '16 5:35:51 PM AnotherGuy
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-->'''Andre:''' ''([[NotSoStoic exploding]])'' Okay! Yes! Were bored! Were all bored now! But has it ever occurred to you, Wally, that the process that creates this boredom that we see in the world now may very well be a self-perpetuating, unconscious form of brainwashing, created by a world totalitarian government based on money? And that all of this is much more dangerous than one thinks. And its not just a question of individual survival, Wally, but that somebody whos bored is asleep, and somebody whos asleep will not say no?

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-->'''Andre:''' ''([[NotSoStoic exploding]])'' Okay! Yes! Were bored! Were all bored now! But has it ever occurred to you, Wally, that the process that creates this boredom that we see in the world now may very well be a self-perpetuating, unconscious form of brainwashing, created by a world totalitarian government based on money? And that all of this is much more dangerous than one thinks. And its not just a question of individual survival, Wally, but that somebody whos bored is asleep, and somebody whos asleep will not say no?no.
22nd Mar '16 5:34:16 PM AnotherGuy
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* FollowTheLeader: Creator/RichardLinklater's best films (''Film/{{Slacker}}'', ''WesternAnimation/WakingLife'', the ''[[Film/BeforeSunrise Before]]'' films) follow the same narrative structure, though in his films, his protagonist(s) don't remain in a single location.


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* GovernmentConspiracy: Andre and his friends feel like they're living in "[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour an Orwellian nightmare]]."
-->'''Andre:''' ''([[NotSoStoic exploding]])'' Okay! Yes! Were bored! Were all bored now! But has it ever occurred to you, Wally, that the process that creates this boredom that we see in the world now may very well be a self-perpetuating, unconscious form of brainwashing, created by a world totalitarian government based on money? And that all of this is much more dangerous than one thinks. And its not just a question of individual survival, Wally, but that somebody whos bored is asleep, and somebody whos asleep will not say no?
23rd Feb '16 9:43:09 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* MinimalistCast: There are only really two characters in this thing. Well, except for the waiter. But he doesn't really do much, serving dinner aside. Technically, there are a number of extras seen near the beginning, and there are some staff members who have a few lines such as the bartender and the coatchecking girl, but once they actually sit down and start eating the focus becomes entirely on the two of them, with everyone else disappearing aside from a few members of the staff who can occasionally be seen in the background.
** Though Louis Malle takes great pains to remind the audience that the duo are in a restaurant, with the mildly disapproving waiter, and the laughter of a female couple on occasion in the background. The intent is to make sure the audience knows that they are just one of many overhearing this conversation.

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* MinimalistCast: There are only really two characters in this thing. Well, except for the waiter. But he doesn't really do much, serving dinner aside. Technically, there are a number of extras seen near the beginning, and there are some staff members who have a few lines such as the bartender and the coatchecking girl, but once they actually sit down and start eating the focus becomes entirely on the two of them, with everyone else disappearing aside from a few members of the staff who can occasionally be seen in the background.
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However, Louis Malle takes great pains to remind the audience that the duo are in a restaurant, with the mildly disapproving waiter, and the laughter of a female couple on occasion in the background. The intent is to make sure the audience knows that they are just one of many overhearing this conversation.



* PopCulturalOsmosis: ''TheSimpsons'' has referenced this film a few times, such as ''My Dinner With Andre: The Video Game''.
** An episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' also builds to the revelation that one of the characters is spoofing this movie, everyone else having planned on doing a ''Film/PulpFiction''-themed evening instead.
** AndyKaufman and FreddieBlassie did a parody called ''Film/MyBreakfastWithBlassie''.
** An episode of ''Frasier'' also has an episode called "My Coffee With Niles", which as the title suggests revolves around Frasier meeting his brother for a coffee.



** Michael Winterbottom's ''Series/TheTrip'' uses the same basic structure (two actors who are friends despite having drastically different world views having long conversations / arguments over fancy meals in expensive restaurants) and develops many of the same themes.



* JustForFun / TheTropelessTale: Not literally, as this very page indicates, but it's probably the closest any film has come. According to Creator/RogerEbert.
-->'''Ebert:''' Someone asked me the other day if I could name a movie that was entirely devoid of cliches. I thought for a moment, and then answered, ''My Dinner with Andre.''
1st Jan '16 5:08:04 PM spirasen
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* JustForFun/TheTropelessTale: Not literally, as this very page indicates, but it's probably the closest any film has come. According to Creator/RogerEbert.
-->'''Ebert:''' Someone asked me the other day if I could name a movie that was entirely devoid of cliches. I thought for a moment, and then answered, ''My Dinner With Andre''.

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* JustForFun/TheTropelessTale: JustForFun / TheTropelessTale: Not literally, as this very page indicates, but it's probably the closest any film has come. According to Creator/RogerEbert.
-->'''Ebert:''' Someone asked me the other day if I could name a movie that was entirely devoid of cliches. I thought for a moment, and then answered, ''My Dinner With Andre''.with Andre.''
18th Dec '15 9:14:16 PM DoctorNemesis
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* LeFilmArtistique

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* LeFilmArtistiqueLeFilmArtistique: They're not seen, but Andre's descriptions of his forays into experimental theatre arguably qualify. The movie itself is frequently discussed as an example of this trope, but compared to the stereotypically [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible]] and pretentiously aloof works that this trope spoofs it's actually fairly straightforward and simple to understand.


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** An episode of ''Frasier'' also has an episode called "My Coffee With Niles", which as the title suggests revolves around Frasier meeting his brother for a coffee.
12th Nov '15 5:28:26 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: A reasonable amount of "uh"s and pauses to eat their food.
9th Nov '15 6:27:40 PM nombretomado
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* CrackPairing: Invoked by Wally, who states with disgust that people will do this at parties, such as "What if RichardNixon met FrankSinatra?"

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* CrackPairing: Invoked by Wally, who states with disgust that people will do this at parties, such as "What if RichardNixon UsefulNotes/RichardNixon met FrankSinatra?"
13th Sep '15 9:54:27 PM Micah
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* INeedAFreakingDrink: A mild variation. After some heavy statements by Andre, the waiter comes around to ask them if they want dessert. Andre just asks for an expresso, while Wally, shaken, says he wants one too, but to make his an amaretto.

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: A mild variation. After some heavy statements by Andre, the waiter comes around to ask them if they want dessert. Andre just asks for an expresso, espresso, while Wally, shaken, says he wants one too, but to make his an amaretto.
17th Aug '15 8:37:01 PM ManEFaces
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* MagicVersusScience: Discussed by Andre and Wally. During their dinner conversation, Andre has extolled the virtues of a spiritual and emotional awakening from his experiences influencing the way he lives his life. Wally has taken these stories on board, and even admits that some small unconscious part of him entertains the idea of wishful thinking, but that he consciously lives his life according to reason and evidence. An example of a fortune cookie is brought up where Wally admits he might be influenced by it on some level, though he knows it can't possibly have been made in a factory somewhere with him in mind.
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