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Kubrick Loved ‘Barcelona’ & ‘Disco’ -Eye For Film Article

A while back I posted an article on how Kubrick loved Barcelona, but now here’s another article that states Kubrick loved both Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco. The article also adds John Calley relayed this information on to Stillman. John Calley was a good friend of Stanley Kubrick. So now there are three sources that have said Kubrick was a fan of Stillman’s work. The sources being John Calley, Nicole Kidman, and Thomas Gibson.

In this Eye For Film Article by Anne-Katrin Titze, she interviews Whit Stillman on his connection to Stanley Kubrick.

At the bottom you can check out a link to another article by Anne-Katrin Titze. One part of it talks about how big trucks were used to block out anything that wasn’t period in The Last Days of Disco. Then another article here.

WS: It was a wonderful thing. You know, when these films are coming out, you are not sure how they are being received. And a lot of people don’t like them and complain about them. So that was true of both Barcelona and The Last Days Of Disco.

And then it was really encouraging that the studio head, John Calley, said “Oh, you’d be surprised who’s talking about you recently.” And I said “Well, who?” And he said “Stanley Kubrick. He really loved both Barcelona and Disco and wanted to know about the cinematographer John Thomas.”

Then someone from Warner Bros. at a film luncheon said the same thing to me. And Nicole Kidman. I went to the première of Eyes Wide Shut in Paris. And Nicole Kidman said the same thing. And he hired actually Thomas Gibson, who had a small part in Barcelona, for Eyes Wide Shut.

Whit Stillman: “Barcelona is very much an American expatriate film. People don’t talk about it that much, but Kubrick was one of the legendary expatriates.”

And I was trying to think of that, because, you know, Kubrick cinema, our cinema, not much connection. I think it’s the expat point of view. Barcelona is very much an American expatriate film. People don’t talk about it that much, but Kubrick was one of the legendary expatriates.

From the Archives: Kubrick Loved ‘Barcelona’

More Evidence of Stanley Kubrick Adoring Whit Stillman’s ‘Barcelona’ (Kubrick Was Also a “Big Fan”)

Stanley Kubrick even asked Whit Stillman to take a meeting with him.

Filmthreat June 8, 1998:

Fans of Whit Stillman’s films should already suspect this: the guy can talk. He speaks in a literate, thoughtful, I’ve-read-way-too-much-English-Lit way. He is more likely to reference a classic text than a classic TV show, and actually finds uses for the word “treacly” in normal coversations. One gets the sense that although he travels in higher social circles nowadays (Stanley Kubrick asked him to take a meeting), it wasn’t always that way.

The New Yorker: Whit Stillman’s ‘The Cosmopolitans’ + Kubrick’s Love of Stillman’s Dialogue

Richard Brody at The New Yorker writes another excellent article regarding Whit Stillman.  This time focusing on his new pilot, The Cosmopolitans.

This suspense is at the heart of Stillman’s drama; it’s how he gives a theatrical kick to situations that are spare on action. He equips his characters with expository dialogue that’s so smart and sharp that it, too, seems like a sort of action—thought in action. But then he sets those characters in motion and puts them to the test. He also puts their identities to the test, with the comedy and the drama of self-definition and self-creation (this comes to the fore especially in “Damsels in Distress”). In effect, for Stillman, exposition is a matter of form; the deft interweaving, from the very start of “The Cosmopolitans,” of disparate situations arises from a sense that labelling, whether through self-identification or the identification of others, is itself an act of high drama.

Brody brings up something that Stanely Kubrkick noted in Whit Stillman’s Barcelona.  Excerpt taken from a previous article I published on the site:

Nicole Kidman had also told Stillman that Kubrick talked about the film all the time and that he said he liked the technique of dialogue advancing the story.

Kubrick was known to have loved Whit Stillman’s Barcelona.

More Evidence of Stanley Kubrick Adoring Whit Stillman’s ‘Barcelona’ (Kubrick Was Also a “Big Fan”)

A while back our site posted a link and information obtained from the The Last Days of Disco audio commentary that Stanley Kubrick loved Whit Stillman’s Barcelona.  Shortly after the post BFI then added Barcelona to their BFI Stanley Kubrick, cinfephile list (more specifically the Off List).  Now here is some more uncovered information through some searching on the internet.  It comes from interviews with Thomas Gibson who got the role in Eyes Wide Shut due to the fact that Kubrick had seen him in and loved Barcelona.

In these three articles Gibson talks about how Kubrick loved Whit Stillman’s Barcelona (please see at the very bottom for two of the articles).  

Movieline Magazine, February 1999 page 18 article by Joshua Mooney  Hype:

“But Kubrick turns out to be a big Whit Stillman fan, and he saw me in Barcelona”  (Gibson was a yuppie marketing genius in that film).

Stanley Kubrick even asked Whit Stillman to take a meeting with him.

Filmthreat June 8, 1998:

Fans of Whit Stillman’s films should already suspect this: the guy can talk. He speaks in a literate, thoughtful, I’ve-read-way-too-much-English-Lit way. He is more likely to reference a classic text than a classic TV show, and actually finds uses for the word “treacly” in normal coversations. One gets the sense that although he travels in higher social circles nowadays (Stanley Kubrick asked him to take a meeting), it wasn’t always that way.

UPI Hollywood Reporter, May 30, 2003 Pat Nason’s article  Feature: Thomas Gibson, good guy:

 “I will talk to people who say they loved ‘Tales of the City’ or ‘Far and Away’ or ‘Love and Human Remains’ or ‘Barcelona,'” he said. “That’s actually how I got ‘Eyes Wide Shut.’ Stanley was a big fan of ‘Barcelona.'”

Orange Coast Magazine, October 2000 page 40 article by Jill Daniel  Monkeying Around With Thomas Gibson:

 A performance as a snooty American marketing executive in the Whit Stillman movie Barcelona indelibly impressed the late director Stanley Kubrick, who cast Gibson sans-audition for a small role in 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut.

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Whit Stillman Talks Ice Cream Sandwiches, TV, Social Media, and Kubrick

The Official Podcast interviews Whit Stillman for their third episode.

Stillman and Astin

In Part 1 Stillman talks about:

  • Ice cream sandwiches (yes, he does)
  • TV and how he may be going into that arena soon
  • His use of social media
  • How Metropolitan played for seven months in NYC
  • 1/3 of Metropolitan’s gross came from Manhattan

Part 2:

  • Why he chose Chicago as the hometown of Ted
  • The location of the lake at the end of the film (A lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin)
  • His love of Lake Shore Drive
  • The self help books in Barcelona and how a studio head helped keep their significance in the film
  • Stanley Kubrick’s love of Barcelona and how Kubrick wanted to know more about John Thomas’ cinematography
  • Nicole Kidman told Stillman how Kubrick liked Barcelona, as did Thomas Gibson
  • How a shot in Eyes Wide Shut is similar to one in Barcelona
  • Stillman’s advice on who you should listen to when writing a script
  • E. Digby Baltzell  (Stillman’s godfather) encouraged him to keep the Polly Perkins monologue, when others told him it was too long
  • How the G and H in The Last Days of Disco are gonorrhea and herpes and not HIV like some people have speculated on the internet
  • Lastly he talks about Evelyn Waugh