Whit Stillman Talks Ice Cream Sandwiches, TV, Social Media, and Kubrick

The Official Podcast interviews Whit Stillman for their third episode.

Stillman and Astin

In Part 1 Stillman talks about:

  • Ice cream sandwiches (yes, he does)
  • TV and how he may be going into that arena soon
  • His use of social media
  • How Metropolitan played for seven months in NYC
  • 1/3 of Metropolitan’s gross came from Manhattan

Part 2:

  • Why he chose Chicago as the hometown of Ted
  • The location of the lake at the end of the film (A lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin)
  • His love of Lake Shore Drive
  • The self help books in Barcelona and how a studio head helped keep their significance in the film
  • Stanley Kubrick’s love of Barcelona and how Kubrick wanted to know more about John Thomas’ cinematography
  • Nicole Kidman told Stillman how Kubrick liked Barcelona, as did Thomas Gibson
  • How a shot in Eyes Wide Shut is similar to one in Barcelona
  • Stillman’s advice on who you should listen to when writing a script
  • E. Digby BaltzellĀ  (Stillman’s godfather) encouraged him to keep the Polly Perkins monologue, when others told him it was too long
  • How the G and H in The Last Days of Disco are gonorrhea and herpes and not HIV like some people have speculated on the internet
  • Lastly he talks about Evelyn Waugh

4 thoughts on “Whit Stillman Talks Ice Cream Sandwiches, TV, Social Media, and Kubrick

  1. Would love to listen to this interview, but the sound quality is beyond atrocious. Couldn’t Whit have recorded it on his end instead of doing it by phone?

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