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BFI 10 Great indie Christmas Films

BFI 10 Great Indie Christmas Films, Article by Christina Newland, updated on December 7, 2020

Metropolitan is on the list, which is no surprise. If you’re a Whit Stillman fan, the Bill Forsyth’s Comfort and Joy might be to your liking. Stillman once said that Forsyth’s That Sinking Feeling was a film he would save in an impending apocalypse.

Metropolitan is streaming on The Criterion Channel, Showtime, etc. The hard to find (in the US) Comfort and Joy is finally streaming on Hoopla and the BFI Player in the UK. You can also buy physical copies of these films, but the latter is only on PAL at this point.

Paste Magazine Article on ‘Metropolitan’

We’re All Nostalgic for Metropolitan’s Chatty Afterparty on Its 30th Anniversary, Jessica Jacolbe November 24, 2020 for Paste Magazine.

The holidays are often the best time of year to watch Whit Stillman films. Every December, the Downtown Manhattan theater Metrograph would screen a holiday double feature with the director introducing Metropolitan and Last Days of Disco. This year, Metropolitan, Stillman’s satire of the New York City debutante scene—his fantasy of the upper middle class, waxing poetic on the empty conversations in Upper East Side luxury apartments—turns 30 years old. The film takes place during winter break, the chaotic month between semesters which presents a “no man’s land” of social life. Classmates return home, sometimes alone. Others may stay in the city, also alone. The period between Christmas and New Year’s transforms New York City into a shell of itself. In 2020, life in isolation and quarantine can feel like an eternal winter break.