‘New York’ Magazine Interview

New York magazine has an interview with Whit Stillman about Damsels in Distress. Some of the usual background, playing up some of Stillman’s seemingly eccentricities but has an interesting description of the film:

It’s a freewheeling comedy, full of musical numbers, failed love affairs, and Stillmanian bons mots on everything from Hacky Sack to the sexual proclivities of twelfth-century Cathars. It may be even sillier than the three lighthearted films in Stillman’s “yuppie trilogy” – Metropolitan and Disco bracketed 1994’s Barcelona – and is very different from the dramas that Stillman has spent the past twelve years trying, but failing so far, to make.

It also refers again to “trunk items”, the movies a writer might germinate for years, and wonders how Damsels fits into this:

“I remember watching some people’s first films and thinking, These films are great because they’re trunk items. But then some of those people, when they get money to do a film and write the script in six months, I find their cinema to become really thin and less interesting. I find your first ideas are very clichéd, and over time they get more seasoned.”

So Damsels, a project he’d never mentioned in interviews, and whose first draft is dated March 2010, is actually a project he’s been working on a long time?

He grimaces. “Goooood questionnnnnn.” He says some things about how he’s been thinking about the idea for a good long while. But as for the script, “every word is new,” he says with a small smile.

Thanks again to John Marzan for the tip.