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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

Stanley Kubrick Adored Whit Stillman’s ‘Barcelona’

It is sort of known and not too surprising (at least to me) that Stanley Kubrick loved Whit Stillman’s film Barcelona.

This is talked about in The Last Days of Disco commentary and Kubrick even asked 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.

Thomas Gibson (Dickie Taylor) even got the gig in Eyes Wide Shut without an audition, just because Kubrick had liked him in Barcelona.  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.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing a Criterion release of Barcelona soon.  Don’t forget to tweet or email Criterion about how you would like to see it released by them.