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?’”
“Disco will never be over. It will always live in our minds and hearts.” Last week, Whit Stillman, @chloessevigny, @michaelmweatherly, and Mackenzie Astin reunited for a sold-out 20th anniversary screening of their charming indie treasure #TheLastDaysofDisco at FSLC!🕺🏼💃 Stay tuned to our YouTube channel for the full Q&A soon. 📸: @mettieostrowski
If you have been wondering about the status of Whit Stillman’s, The Cosmopolitans, wonder no more. Here’s some info the site posted a while back, in case you never saw it:
On July 11, 2016, Tom Grater for ScreenDaily wrote an article on some information picked up about The Cosmopolitans, from a talk Whit Stillman gave in Jerusalem:
Amazon Studios, which distributed Love & Friendship in the US, has commissioned six more scripts, which Stillman is now writing. However, the series will see changes from the pilot.
“It’s been two years since I did the pilot so I’m no longer interested in that story, but I really like the actors and the characters. It’s going to go in a new geographical and story direction, but with some of the same characters,” he reveals. “It’s going to go to different cities and have more adventure.”
Stillman also gave some information about his Jamaican film project. The article mentions two films, but it is unclear what the other film could be about:
The director is also pursuing two feature ideas, one of which is the long-gestating Dancing Mood, about a gospel church in 1960s Jamaica.
Stillman is hopeful that project might finally get off the ground: “I would like to do that [Dancing Mood] first but it’s a crazy project so I’d need investors willing to do something really risky.”
Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco is on Showtime on demand.