A Master Builder

Jonathan Demme, who directed the new screen adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, is 70 years old, with a filmography that includes such notable features as Melvin and Howard (1980), Stop Making Sense (1984), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993), and Rachel Getting Married (2008). Seventy-year-old Wallace Shawn, who stars as Ibsen’s protagonist and scripted the film from his own translation of the play, has an acting resumé as long as your arm, dotted with such beloved movies as Manhattan (1979), The Princess Bride (1987), and Toy Story (1995). Eighty-year-old Andre Gregory, who nurtured the Master Builder project for years and appears onscreen in a supporting role, is one of the most highly regarded experimental theater directors in the country, his career stretching back to the early 1960s. (He also costarred with Shawn in the films My Dinner With Andre and Vanya on 42nd Street.) Continue reading >>