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‘Disco’ Plays in Santa Monica 6/22

Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco plays at the Aero Theatre in 35mm on June 22nd.  Stillman and cast members (undecided) will be there.  The screening is highlighted in the LA Times The Moviegoer.

The Moviegoer, June 17-23 by KATHLEEN CRAUGHWELL for the Los Angeles Times (June 15h, 2018).

The Last Days of Disco Writer-director Whit Stillman will be on hand for the 20th-anniversary screening and discussion of the final installment in his loosely linked “doomed bourgeois in love” trilogy. Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale play recent college grads who work in publishing and dance their nights away in a Studio 54-like club while maintaining a frosty frenemy status as roommates. With Whitman regular, the ever-droll Chris Eigeman and Matt Keeslar as a preppy, buttoned-up assistant DA who passionately espouses the greatness of disco even as the genre threatens to become uncool. American Cinematheque,Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 260-1528. June 22, 7:30 p.m. $8-$12.

Stillman & Sevigny Vanity Fair Interview

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?’”