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My Dinner With St. Benedict

A reader in Germany e-mails the above clip, and says:

My wife and I both read The Benedict Option [1]recently, and tonight as we were watching My Dinner with Andre (which came out the same year as After Virtue) we noticed one of Andre Gregory’s monologues—about the need for “islands of safety”—presaged some of your ideas.

Watch the clip — it’s less than three minutes long, and pretty amazing, re: the point the German reader makes. I haven’t seen that film since it came out in the 1980s.

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11 Comments To "My Dinner With St. Benedict"

#1 Comment By Charles Cosimano On June 26, 2017 @ 11:58 am

One of my favorite movies even if doesn’t have naked cyborgs.

#2 Comment By Acilius On June 26, 2017 @ 1:12 pm

My wife and I just watched this movie last night! I saw it when it came out, she’d never seen it, we both loved it. I did think of you and the BenOp during that sequence, and throughout. What a coincidence.

#3 Comment By Maggie Gallagher On June 26, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

My mother visited Findhorn. [2]

#4 Comment By EasyNow On June 26, 2017 @ 4:25 pm

Jonah Goldberg memorial service remarks for his father:

“One of his favorite movies was – oddly enough – My Dinner With Andre. He told me many times that what he liked about it was that the humble slob played by William Shawn is slowly revealed as the genius, while the supposedly brilliant fop is just as slowly revealed to be, if not an idiot, than something of a fool.”

#5 Comment By Michelle On June 26, 2017 @ 4:39 pm

Love this movie.

#6 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On June 26, 2017 @ 5:29 pm

The worse movie I have ever seen. Pretentious trash.

#7 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On June 26, 2017 @ 8:34 pm

I meant to say “worst.” You guys should have an editing function for comments, so autocorrect doesn’t make us look even more like fools than we are.

#8 Comment By Philly guy On June 27, 2017 @ 9:50 am

Cannot think of the film without remembering “My breakfast with Blassie”, starring Andy Kaufman.

#9 Comment By David J. White On June 27, 2017 @ 1:15 pm

To my mind one of the funniest, and subtlest, moments in Waiting For Guffman came at the end, during the the “where are they now” segment. Christopher Guest’s character, who had been the awful director of the awful community theater show performed in the movie, ended up, IIRC, running a theater and movie memorabilia shop. He proudly showed off one of the prizes of his collection: a My Dinner With Andre action-figure set. I almost fell out of my chair.

#10 Comment By GB On June 29, 2017 @ 11:53 pm

““One of his favorite movies was – oddly enough – My Dinner With Andre. He told me many times that what he liked about it was that the humble slob played by William Shawn is slowly revealed as the genius, while the supposedly brilliant fop is just as slowly revealed to be, if not an idiot, than something of a fool.”

WALLACE Shawn, not William.

Goldberg gets the “genius” part wrong too. Here’s a quote from Shawn (who co-wrote the screenplay):

“I actually had a purpose as I was writing this: I wanted to destroy that guy that I played, to the extent that there was any of me there. I wanted to kill that side of myself by making the film, because that guy is totally motivated by fear.”

Just goes to show that the guys at NRO should stick to politics and avoid being film critics.

#11 Comment By Anne On June 30, 2017 @ 12:59 am

The thing to remember about Andre’s seemingly unending pontifications at dinner is that it’s one side of a two-way conversation that ain’t over until the little bald guy speaks.