The cast of Whit Stillman’sMetropolitan were photographed for Vanity Fair by Jonathan Becker for the films 25th anniversary. Mark Rozzo wrote about the reunion for Vanity Fair.
“People treated it like a documentary, with real people,” says Stillman, an eternal prepster at 63. But that sprawling ensemble cast in their gowns and tuxes were, in fact, a talented bunch of young actors channeling the “urban haute bourgeoisie”—or “U.H.B.’s,” in the movie’s parlance—with razor precision. On the rare occasion of a cast get-together, they slip right back into the rapport that made the shoot so successful. “It’s like a family reunion,” says Carolyn Farina, who played the dewy bookworm Audrey Rouget.
Friday, 7:00pm – cast members Chris Eigeman, Dylan Hundley, Carolyn Farina, and Allison Rutledge-Parisi
Saturday, 7:00pm – Whit Stillman and cast members Dylan Hundley, Carolyn Farina, and Allison Rutledge-Parisi
Sunday, 7:00pm – Whit Stillman
Whit Stillman’s seminal comedy of manners introduced audiences to the “UHBs” (urban haute bourgeoisie), those mordantly ironic socialites too highbrow for their own good, and in the process brought a class-conscious verbal flair to 1990s independent cinema. Home on winter break during the debutante season, middle-class Princeton student Tom (Edward Clements) falls in with the “Sally Fowler Rat Pack,” a group of Upper East Side friends named for the girl (Dylan Hundley) whose apartment they use for after-hours parties. As naif Tom is accepted into the group, he becomes smitten with Audrey (Carolyn Farina) while struggling with his feelings for his ex Serena (Elizabeth Thompson), and batting declarations of grandeur from conservative Charlie (Taylor Nichols) and dandy Nick (Stillman axiom Chris Eigeman). Stillman’s worldview is wryly detailed and intimate, with clear affection for his characters. The Film Society is proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Stillman’s unabashedly literary (and recently restored!) debut, a film that spawned a host of imitators yet whose patent originality arrived fully formed. A Rialto Pictures release.
New Directors/New Films 1990
Sundance Film Festival 1990
Cannes Director’s Fortnight 1990
“Considered by many to be one of the best indies of the 1990s.” —Nigel Smith, Indiewire
“As unexpectedly irresistible as ever: funny, moving, and entertaining.” —Luc Sante, The Criterion Collection