Whit Stillman is interviewed by Talia Soghomonian at Collider in an interview that touches on his movies, being honored in France, writing tips, John Ford, the release date for The Cosmopolitans, a deleted scene from Metropolitan (I believe it has never been discussed until now) and his upcoming Jane Austen project Love and Friendship (which he hopes to start filming in September and October).
Stillman states that The Cosmopolitans will be coming out on Amazon in the USA and England at the end of August. Imdb has also changed their release date to “not yet released” instead of June 30th.
It is a great read and one of the most thorough articles on Stillman that I have seen in a while.
“I think it’s the struggle of the screenwriter to find material that resonates with the screenwriter and maybe with the public. And it’s finding the characters who then come alive and tell a story,” he says.
The first film he ever saw was Bambi, the last movie which made him cry was Gold Diggers of 1935, directed by Busby Berkeley, and he regrets he never got the chance to direct Cary Grant in a film. While he considers Jean Cocteau as the ultimate artist, he is also a John Ford fan.
“I don’t have a lot of John Ford in Metropolitan, but in the movie I made next, Barcelona, we watched Ford’s Wagon Music because we wanted to make something like American folklore.”
“There was a scene that didn’t make the final cut where Tom was talking on the phone with his dad and crying. In the cutting room, the editor told me, ‘Let’s cut this and send it to your dad!”
“We began to shoot this series in Paris and it’s interesting for me because, for the first time since Metropolitan, I can work with material I’m familiar with, groups of people, characters, parties, all that. I think for a writer, real-life material helps a lot.”
“So we hope to shoot that in Dublin in September and October with Sienna Miller and Chloe Sevigny and some other really great actors.”
Whit Stillman recently attended the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium, and is set to be at the Champs-Elysess Film Festival to have a master class and show three of his four films. Lastly, he is also referenced on a sports website of all places.
Variety article by Andrew Barker on Whit Stillman’s involvement at this years Champs-Elysees Film Festival:
Whit Stillman and Agnes Varda will both be present to field questions at screenings, while a TCM Cinema Essentials sidebar fills out the program with films from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.
I still get that rush when I see a Tarantino or Whit Stillman movie, I still buy every R.E.M. reissue that comes out and I’m still convinced someday, someone’s gonna figure out The X-Files. It’s my era.
Aisling Newton at IFTN reports on Whit Stillman attending the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium:
Participating directors are Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Whit Stillman (Metropolitan), acclaimed UK director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers), IFTA nominated Kieron J. Walsh (When Brendan Met Trudy, Jump) and Vikings director Ken Girotti (who has just started this week on the new season of the acclaimed show). Award-winning Irish Director Neasa Hardiman will chair this Discussion.
The third annual John Ford Ireland Film Symposium will take place across three days in venues around Dublin, from June 6 – 8, 2014. The symposium will include a number of screenings, discussions, master classes, lectures, workshops, music and song, that encourages vibrant discussion, fresh understanding and renewed appreciation of Ford’s mastery