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‘Damsels in Distress’ is singularly funny

Noel Murray of the L.A. times writes this for the Damsels in Distress DVD and VOD:

Writer-director Whit Stillman’s first film since 1998’s “The Last Days of Disco” is a loopy campus comedy, starring Greta Gerwig as an idealistic upperclassman who leads a group of young women with strict rules about dating and cleanliness. Even those who’ve enjoyed the arch language and intricate 'Damsels in Distress' poster banner

social tribalism of Stillman’s “Metropolitan” and “Barcelona” might be put off by the cartoony absurdism here. But for those who appreciate originality, this is one singularly funny movie, full of color, music, dancing — and some sharp insight into how college kids struggle to define themselves. Stillman and his cast provide a commentary track to the DVD and Blu-ray, which also include a trio of featurettes.


Movie Man: Whit Stillman’s films full of interesting characters

Here’s what Will Pfeifer from GATEHOUSE NEWS SERVICE has to say about two from Stillman’s triptych.  Both are available for purchase on Criterion blu-ray (Metropolitan & The Last Days of Disco) :

Writer/director Whit Stillman released his first film way back in 1990, at the dawn of the modern independent film movement. That means he arrived on screen before Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze and a lot of other guys more famous than him. So why haven’t you heard of Whit Stillman?

Maybe it’s because, in the past 22 years, he’s released only four movies. Or maybe it’s because those movies, while very good, aren’t what you’d call crowd pleasers — at least not your average multiplex crowd. But two of Stillman’s movies have just been re-released on Blu-ray by Criterion, and together, they’re the perfect introduction to his work.

‘70s and ‘80s provide background for Whit Stillman films

Here’s what Peggy Earle of hamptonroads.com has to say of the release of Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco and Metropolitan on Blu-ray: 

CRITERION HAS BROUGHT out two director-approved Blu-rays of Whit Stillman’s independent films. The two films mostly comment on upper class young adults, in and around their milieu, much of it based on Stillman’s own experiences in New York City. Stillman succeeds at poking fun at many of his subjects, but understandably does it with a hint of recognition and plenty of sympathy. It’s no accident that two of his characters in “Metropolitan” bicker about the value of Jane Austen novels, as both films are modern-day comedies of manners, focused on the privileged class as well as some wannabes.

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