the Whit Stillman Poll

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Metropolitan is the only one I've seen. I don't remember a lot about it except feeling like there were a lot of inside jokes going on that I didn't get. The friend who recommended it to me was a scholarship kid at a highly prestigious private school so maybe it meant more to her.

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Thursday, 3 May 2012 16:32 (five years ago) Permalink

it def helps if you find the mention of well-placed Averill Harriman, Bunuel, and Trilling references thrilling in itself.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 3 May 2012 16:40 (five years ago) Permalink

I don't read literary criticism, I just read blogs about it.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 May 2012 17:19 (five years ago) Permalink

just realized Robert Sean Leonard is in Last Days

Mordy, Friday, 4 May 2012 19:52 (five years ago) Permalink

omg these poll results are dead wrong!

yeah metropolitan is the best but i like them all so much that theyre all deserving winners, gold medals all around imo

Lamp, Friday, 4 May 2012 20:05 (five years ago) Permalink

who do you think whit stillman's favourite authors are?

flopson, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:18 (five years ago) Permalink

f scott?

Mordy, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:22 (five years ago) Permalink

jane austin?

Mordy, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:22 (five years ago) Permalink

i'd guess oscar wilde too

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

otm re fitzgerald, his short stories were his best work

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

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

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

i cannot

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


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

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

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

seven 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

that is a pivotal scene

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

one 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 (three years ago) Permalink

barcelona is so good.

i recommend this insane collection of rightwing stillman criticism:

adam, Wednesday, 7 May 2014 19:22 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

so YOU'RE one of those public transportation snobs!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 August 2015 00:52 (two years ago) Permalink

last days definitely the worst of these three. i still love it but it's stilted in a way the others aren't. maybe the acting isn't as good, obviously he writes the least natural sounding dialogue ever but in metropolitan you can kind of suspend disbelief and just live in the dream, in the flow of precocious & perfectly crafted sentences.

best most LOL thing about last days is how it's the period piece least concerned with being a period piece... not that it was outright anachronistic (altho i feel like some of the dudes had 90's hair and the female leads' dresses were too tasteful for '79, like GIS studio 54 1979) but he just didn't really gaf about evoking the 70's, just wanted to write a movie featuring his favourite songs and some well dressed folk, didn't fuss over set design, just throw on some high-waisted pants

flopson, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 01:39 (two years ago) Permalink

when I saw LDOD a few years ago for the second time I also thought it stilted and the first time his limited visual imagination cramped the film. I didn't buy the discos -- they looked like cheap sets. But I wanna watch it again.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 August 2015 01:45 (two years ago) Permalink

I guess his Amazon pilot didn't get picked up?

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Tuesday, 11 August 2015 01:48 (two years ago) Permalink

I have seen Barcelona and Last Days of Disco. Of these two I enjoyed both, but enjoyed Barcelona more. Neither one was exactly awesome, but they each had their good moments, while their lesser parts were never too long or too bad. Solid B or B+ material, imo.

Aimless, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 03:13 (two years ago) Permalink

XP It did not.

Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 11 August 2015 04:19 (two years ago) Permalink

man I thought LDOD was so wonderful and Barcelona so dull!

Y Kant Max Read (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 11 August 2015 04:48 (two years ago) Permalink

I would recommend watching Metropolitan, Aimless, before you give up on him. It's my favorite.

nickn, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 04:56 (two years ago) Permalink

'damsels in distress' was on film 4 last night. it was hard to know what to make of it. there's an off-putting stilted implausibility to it but greta gerwig plays the part of a daffy snob to perfection. i would have watched it all but it was late and i was too tired.

tayto fan (Michael B), Tuesday, 11 August 2015 12:19 (two years ago) Permalink

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