Stillman & Sevigny Vanity Fair Interview

Whit Stillman and Chloe Sevigny were interviewed for the 20th anniversary of The Last Days of Disco.

Whit Stillman and Chloë Sevigny Look Back at The Last Days of Disco by H.W. Vail for Vanity Fair (June 11, 2018).

The article talks about how elements of disco are still in vogue today, the soundtrack, how Stillman got into Studio 54, how Winona Ryder was almost cast, and how the great literature he read talks about social gatherings that were lacking in the early ’70s.

Asked where his preoccupation for this rarefied (and dwindling) stratum of society originated, Stillman pointed to a critical observation he made upon graduating from Harvard. “I guess it comes from a feeling I had when I got out of university, in June 1973. It seemed like society was totally atomized,” he said. “There were no connections; there was no social fabric. So when you read the world of Tolstoy and War and Peace, social gatherings were all connections between people. Or Jane Austen, where there are always connections. Or Fitzgerald . . . I guess it’s trying to imagine and reconstruct the links between people, and ask, ‘Is there really a social fabric at any time?’”