In this part one interview, Hans Morgenstern at Independent Ethos rethinks his bad review of Damsels in Distress over a cup of coffee with Whit Stillman. In this first part interview they talk about the bad review and among other things, technology in films and how it dates things (sometimes in unintentional comic fashion). All in all an interesting an insightful read. Look for part two in a jiff.
Hans Morgenstern: So I put in the article “either A) I have grown too old and cynical…”
Whit Stillman: Oh, yeah, I was going to say A (laughs).
Of course, it has to be my first choice, because of course you haven’t lost your knack for smart writing, which was option B.
But you don’t think Millennials are too dumb to speak the same language as the generation before them, which was C?
I didn’t quite get that point. It sounded interesting, but I didn’t quite get it.
So, let’s go back to the ‘90s, think Richard Linklater. That was another very smart peer of yours during the rise of ‘ 90s indie film. I came of age in college watching these films. So when I think of those characters, I feel they seem as intelligent as I had felt, whereas the characters in Damsels don’t seem as bright.