Jonathan Demme, André Gregory, and Wallace Shawn on Making 'A Master Builder'

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Wallace Shawn as Halvard Solness in "A Master Builder," directed by Jonathan Demme, created for the stage by André Gregory.

Jonathan Demme, André Gregory, and Wallace Shawn discuss bringing their interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Master Builder” to the screen. This Ibsen classic tells the tale of a successful, egomaniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees, and mistresses, and who wants to make peace with himself as his life approaches its final act. Wallace Shawn, who wrote the screenplay, plays the cruel, guilt-ridden architect. Director Jonathan Demme based his direction on the stage production by André Gregory. The film “A Master Builder” premiers at July 23 at Film Forum.