Do you want to dance like Aubrey (Carrie MacLemore)? Well, she may have done the dance before…That’s because both Adam Brody and Carrie MacLemore starred in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress. They now star in his new Amazon show The Cosmopolitans.
Here is the dance (The Sambola!), with instructions:
Richard Brody at The New Yorker writes another excellent article regarding Whit Stillman. This time focusing on his new pilot, The Cosmopolitans.
This suspense is at the heart of Stillman’s drama; it’s how he gives a theatrical kick to situations that are spare on action. He equips his characters with expository dialogue that’s so smart and sharp that it, too, seems like a sort of action—thought in action. But then he sets those characters in motion and puts them to the test. He also puts their identities to the test, with the comedy and the drama of self-definition and self-creation (this comes to the fore especially in “Damsels in Distress”). In effect, for Stillman, exposition is a matter of form; the deft interweaving, from the very start of “The Cosmopolitans,” of disparate situations arises from a sense that labelling, whether through self-identification or the identification of others, is itself an act of high drama.
Brody brings up something that Stanely Kubrkick noted in Whit Stillman’s Barcelona. Excerpt taken from a previous article I published on the site:
Nicole Kidman had also told Stillman that Kubrick talked about the film all the time and that he said he liked the technique of dialogue advancing the story.
Kubrick was known to have loved Whit Stillman’s Barcelona.
Someone asked for the soundtrack listings in the pilot. I found them on imdb and here they are with youtube links. I have not yet had time to double check them with the credits, so if you find errors, please email or comment:
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
Performed by Joan Osborne
Written by Clement Dodd and Don Drummond
All Along I’ve Loved You
Written by Tony Ashley
Performed by Tony Ashley and the Delicates
I’m Afraid To Say I Love You
Written by Winfred L. Lovett
Performed by The Lovettes
Fly Away With Me
Written by Dominic Glover, Gary Crockett, Jay Glover, and Noel McKoy
Performed by Dominic Glover, Gary Crockett, Jay Glover, and Noel McKoy
Tomber La Chemise
Performed by Zebda
(Used for the Sambola dance sequence)
Try Me One Time
Written by Ben E King
Performed by Ben E King
Not found on youtube
All I Need Is You
Written by Leigh Gracie
Performed by Leigh Gracie
To Be Loved Written by Berry Gordy Jr, Tyran Carlo, and Gendolyn Fuqua Performed by Berry Gordy Jr, Tyran Carlo, and Gendolyn Fuqua
(Could not find the version in the show, so Diana Ross has to fill in)
Carrie MacLemore plays Southern Belle Aubrey in Whit Stillman’s new witty Amazon pilot The Cosmopolitans. MacLemore played Heather in Stillman’s film Damsels in Distress.
Bio from imdb:
Makes her feature film debut in Damsels in Distress. Previously, she made guest appearances on Gossip Girl, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and The Guiding Light. Originally from Mississippi, and later, Alabama, MacLemore has studied acting at New York’s T. Schreiber Studio with Peter Miner, the Endeavor Studio, Upright Citizens Brigade, and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
MacLemore was a scene stealer in Damsels in Distress and we look forward to seeing her in more episodes of The Cosmopolitans and other projects.
Jordan Rountree was born in Paris, France. After high school in the US and in Japan, he was accepted into the prestigious Classe Libre at the Cours Florent acting school in Paris, studying with the Promotion 32 under Jean-Pierre Garnier. During that time he played Hamlet at the Pompidou Center in the multimedia performance “Pourquoi Pas Toi”, in Terence Koh’s “Adansonias”, and recently as “N” in François Orsoni’s “Youth Without God” at the Théâtre de la Bastille. Jordan has also founded the company “Damaetas” with fellow members of the Promotion 32, a fledgling collective and blog that experiments with creating theatrical content for the internet.
Jordan Rountree is represented by Dorothée Grosjean at the Talentbox agency
We hope the show gets picked up and that we will be seeing more of Rountree, as Whit Stillman is always great at picking fresh new talent.