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Cinema Guild Picks Up 'Before and After Dinner,' Portrait of Louis Malle Muse André Gregory

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 23, 2012 at 2:01PM

The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Cindy Kleine's documentary "Before and After Dinner: The Life and Work of André Gregory," a portrait of the actor who most famously starred in Louis Malle's "My Dinner with André."
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Andre Gregory
Andre Gregory

The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Cindy Kleine's documentary "Before and After Dinner: The Life and Work of André Gregory," a portrait of the actor who most famously starred in Louis Malle's "My Dinner with André."

Gregory's body of work extends vastly beyond screen acting, as Kleine depicts in her film: He is also a writer, director, teacher, painter and "master storyteller." Indeed, Gregory's absorbing raconteur abilities are the centerpiece of the talky Malles classic.

Kleine's previous film is 2008's "Phyllis and Harold," a sort of "Capturing the Friedmans"-esque account of her mother and father's dysfunctional relationship.

"Before and After Dinner" will open theatrically in spring of 2013. Below is the trailer from Kleine's Kickstarter page.

This article is related to: The Cinema Guild, Cindy Kleine, News, Documentary, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.