the Whit Stillman Poll

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i'd guess oscar wilde too

Mordy, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

he says jane austen & tolstoy and then some other author/novel that i can't make out at 9:40 here

can you figure that out?

flopson, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

■The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell (unabridged edition)
■Essay on Man by Alexander Pope
■Childhood, Boyhood, Youth by Leo Tolstoy
■Portrait of Max: An Intimate Memoir of Sir Max Beerbohm by S.N. Behrman
■The Price Was High: Fifty Uncollected Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

flopson, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

otm re fitzgerald, his short stories were his best work

Mordy, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

can you make out what he's saying in that charlie rose clip, mordy?

flopson, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

i cannot

Mordy, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:58 (3 years ago) Permalink


timellison, Sunday, 6 May 2012 05:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Essay on Man" is awesome for its epigrammatic virtues.

lol "The Price is High" I read as a senior year high school Fitz obsessive.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 6 May 2012 05:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

have any of you read his (stillman's) novel?

flopson, Sunday, 6 May 2012 17:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Bought a ticket to see him introduce The Last Days of Disco on Thursday. He's here Wednesday for Metropolitan, which is probably the better film; just felt like seeing Last Days instead. (I've still never seen Barcelona.) I feel like I should wear a bow tie for some reason.

clemenza, Saturday, 8 December 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Baumbach gets points for Carlos Jacott, a Whit Stillman actor who never appeared in a Whit Stillman movie.

I just want to pedantically point out that Carlos Jacott actually does have the tiniest of cameos in Last Days of Disco

Panaïs Pnin (The Yellow Kid), Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

that is a pivotal scene

conrad, Tuesday, 11 December 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I liked The Last Days of Disco more than the couple of times I saw it when it first came out. I probably liked it as much as I can like a film where every conversation sounds like lines being read. Great music, of course, and excellent Demme-like coda.

The Q&A was an ordeal. First of all the guy running it took up the first half-hour--I just wanted him to shut up and turn it over to the audience. Stillman mumbles and rambles--I could barely understand him. (It wasn't the acoustics; I could hear the other guy fine.) If I did hear one thing correctly--Stillman saying that by 1969, black music had disappeared from the radio--his memory is either extremely faulty, or he was listening to some format other than Top 40 radio. 1970-72 was one of the greatest periods for black music on Top 40 radio ever. If he meant that there were obscure proto-disco records not being played on the radio, then I'm sure he's right about that--even though something like Chakachas' "Jungle Fever" was a big hit.

clemenza, Friday, 14 December 2012 04:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Watched Barcelona for the first time last night. It has its flaws but I loved it like nothing I've seen in a long time.

despite the fact that someone is shot and there are explosions, it has only the vaguest notion of a plot, just Eigeman and Taylor hanging out 80% of the time.

^This. I guess how compelling this is to you determines whether or not you'll like this...

fit and working again, Wednesday, 7 May 2014 19:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

barcelona is so good.

i recommend this insane collection of rightwing stillman criticism:

adam, Wednesday, 7 May 2014 19:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

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