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.
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.
Read more here.
However, the UK and German Amazons still list their original release dates of 20 August…
Thanks to reader Susan Pries for the pointer.