‘Metropolitan’ Coming to Chicago 9-26 to 9-28

Metropolitan is coming to the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago on September 26th to the 28th.  Whit Stillman will discuss the film via Skype on the 26th.  Just take Michigan Avenue…

SEPTEMBER 26: Director Whit Stillman, currently editing his new film LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP in Paris, will discuss the film via Skype at the Saturday screening.

Newly restored to commemorate its 25th anniversary, METROPOLITAN made writer-director Stillman a rising star of the early indie explosion, scoring a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for a script brimming with bon mots and quotable lines. His subject is the self-designated Urban Haute Bourgeoisie (or “UHB”)–college-age socialites and swains who prowl the party scene on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. This elitist bubble is seen from the perspective of Tom (Clements), a middle-class arriviste who is tutored in the ways of the wealthy by the manipulative cynic Nick (Eigeman in a brilliant performance). Perhaps because it seemed anachronistic even at the time–more F. Scott Fitzgerald than Bret Easton Ellis–METROPOLITAN has dated very well. By neither sentimentalizing nor sneering at his pampered protagonists, Stillman lets us discover, however grudgingly, the fragility behind their poses–to quote from another film about the haute bourgeoisie, they are “only superficially superficial.” New 2K DCP digital restoration from Rialto Pictures. (MR)

A Refresher on ‘The Cosmopolitans’

Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans pilot is still available on amazon and below is an inside look that debuted a while back.  In case you were wondering, more scripts have been ordered by amazonJordan Rountree (Hal from The Cosmopolitans) was also interviewed a while back by The Official Podcast.  Keep your fingers crossed…

Now, despite very favorable reviews for Stillman’s show about young American expats searching for love in France, Amazon has only ordered scripts rather than a full series.

“Damsel” Greta Gerwig Shines in ‘Mistress America’

Greta Gerwig, who played the lead in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress comes out with another amazing performance in Mistress America.  Gerwig also co wrote the screenplay with Noah Baumbach.  Richard Brody at The New Yorker has this to say about Gerwig’s latest outing.

Baumbach fills his cast with actors who are deft talkers, starting with Gerwig, whose mercurial delivery of the dialogue should be no surprise after her performance in Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress,” which channels Katharine Hepburn’s linguistic acrobatics.

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