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‘Metropolitan’ Opens at Lincoln Center August 7th

Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan opens August 7th at Lincoln Center.  It will run Friday, August 7th to Thursday, August 13th.  The earliest screenings will have Q&A.  From the Lincoln Center page:

Whit Stillman, 1990
USA | Format: DCP | 98 minutes

One-week exclusive run opens August 7

Q&A Schedule:
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

“A witty, urbane portrait of Manhattan’s debutante scene.” —Matthew Weyland, BBC.com


A.V. Club: Laugh with and at Manhattan rich kids

John Teti at the A.V. Club writes an article on how Metropolitan is a great “hang-out movie.”

Scene from Metropolitan

A great hangout movie doesn’t lack plot—it’s liberated from plot. When you remove the obligation to keep a story moving, a skilled director can allow characters to explore unresolvable questions. Metropolitan is an exemplar of this tricky form.

The Sally Fowler Rat Pack—named for the upper crust kid whose parents’ apartment is the venue for these chatty all-nighters—may be a bunch of rich kids, but they’re highly aware of their privilege. Still, even if they reject the snobby rituals they’re expected to perform, nobody offers a convincing replacement. Marxism? Cynicism? Fatalism? They try ideas on for size, like a meaning-of-life dress fitting.

They cling to the traditions of the Christmas debutante season, because they’re unsure about what happens next. And Metropolitan never provides the kids with a clear resolution, because it’s too much fun to watch them cast about for answers.

‘Metropolitan’ Ads From the New York Times

Back in 1990 Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan played in New York City for seven straight months (as Stillman states in this Official Podcast episode).  Here are some New York Times ads I found from that era.  Get ready to turn back the clock:

Metropolitan Newspaper Winner


Metropolitan Rich and Nutty


Metropolitan Aug 14th