Thursday, August 27, 2009

Whatever happened to Whit Stillman?

Whit Stillman wrote and directed the trilogy Metropolitan, Barcelona and Last Days of Disco, three of my favorite movies. It's been 10 years since his last film and I've often wondered what became of him. He recently resurfaced on the Leonard Lopate show and gave the interview below.

Older Stillman interviews and reviews of his films here. Related video (for a while you could watch all of Last Days of Disco on

My favorite of the trilogy is Metropolitan, which was shot for almost nothing around NYC. In the clip below we learn about the UHB: Urban Haute Bourgeoisie. Metropolitan reminds me of early Woody Allen, but set in the world of 1980s college age upper east side WASPs.


Ian Smith said...

When is someone going to make a movie about the rural lumpen proletariat?

Seth said...

Whit Stillman is a bit like Wallace Shawn -- without the manic energy. Both he and his movie give me the sense that it is just overpoweringly BORING to be alive when your passive income greatly exceeds anything you could imagine generating by DOING SOMETHING in the real world.

The only appeal for me is the notion that rich people might actually reflect on the big picture. But the rich who reflect seem to be given over completely to narcissistic self-pity, while the energetic rich are far too busy with their piratical predations to consider the long-term implications of their behavior.

All noblesse and no oblige.

Unknown said...

Nice. Offtopic, but since you linked shitmydadsays, this'll probably crack you up too.

New Vanessa Hudgens Topless photos!!!

Ian Smith said...

Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing
Let's break out the booze and have a ball
If that's all there is

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