Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship will be on RAI 5 on November 19th at 21:15. Ironically it comes on after a Luis Bunuel documentary.
FILM COMMEDIA – Inghilterra, fine ‘700. In fuga dai pettegolezzi, Lady Susan Vernon si rifugia nella proprietà dei generi, cercando marito per la figlia e per sé stessa. Da “Lady Susan” di Jane Austen. – di WHIT STILLMAN con KATE BECKINSALE CHLOE SEVIGNY STEPHEN FRY 2016 IRL
Taylor Nichols (who is in every Stillman film, except L&F) was recently interviewed by Coming Soon. There is a really funny quote about Metropolitan in there that could have been said by Nick Smith himself (actually said by Chris Eigeman).
On someday working on a movie with Chris Eigeman and Whit Stillman again…
Whit at one point had talked about doing a Western with the two of us. I don’t know whatever happened to that.
On “Metropolitan” (1990)…
And I can remember Chris Eigeman even saying, ‘No one’s ever going to see this movie except my mom.’ And it turned out to be the opposite.”
On “Barcelona” (1994)…
“I loved doing those projects and Whit was really supportive and he cast Chris and me right away for the next movie, for ‘Barcelona.’ And again, I did the same thing again. I didn’t know anything about Spain. I didn’t know anything about foreign sales. I read those books by Dale Carnegie and all of that stuff. Being the lead was scary, but I would argue a little bit that it is still an ensemble film with Mira Sorvino and with Tushka Bergen and all of that. We certainly saw it that way. Other people may have seen it as just Chris and my’s movie, but I think Chris and I really saw it as a foursome. Even with some of the Spanish actors, that it was an ensemble. I just saw it recently. There was a 25th anniversary screening that the American Cinematheque did. The movie holds up. It’s funny. The audience really seemed to respond to it. And I think for a long time, I was a little bit insecure about my work in the film. But seeing it 25 years later, I was like, ah, you know, don’t be so hard on yourself.”
Very sad to hear that Pierre Le-Tan has passed away. He was an amazing illustrator who did artwork for top publications and also did artwork for Whit Stillman. Stillman also was his agent at Riley Illustration (Stillman took over the business for his late uncle) and tasked Le-Tan with doing the international poster for Metropolitan.
Le-Tan’s artwork is on the international posters for the Whit Stillman Trilogy and also the Criterion box set. Barcelona originally didn’t have a poster by Le-Tan and that was commissioned for the Criterion box set. Le-Tan’s artwork also popped up on the wall in The Last Days of Disco and he did illustrations for Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco novel (the ’98 poster artwork was also reused for the cover). The cover for Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship novel also has artwork from Le-Tan.