29 March 2012

Meatless Friday Thursday: Whit Stillman Update Edition

Like all traditional Catholics, I am sure you have been anxiously awaiting news of the latest Whit Stillman film, Damsels in Distress. Well, it is set to open in New York and LA (of course) on April 6.  When or if it hits St. Louis, I will organize a field trip.

I happened upon a nice article at Grantland about Stillman, and that clued me in on the release date.  Oh, baby.


Of course, admiring the work of a film genius opens one up to the facile ridicule of half-wits.  Witness these observations by my brother:


"He didn't go out of his way and mess up the formula on this one by having a plot, did he?"

and this one:

"I'm riveted.  I don't know how I'm going to sleep at night.  I can't believe I have to wait a whole week for this film to come out.  Can't it be now?!"


Just in case you are one of the very, very, very few many that haven't heard of Stillman, this little primer is just the thing to read.  It contains the clips I include below from his three fantastic films:


Metropolitan


"Is our language so impoverished that we have to use acronyms of French phrases to be understood?"  

"Yes."



Barcelona


"I was reducing everything to ant scale."



Last Days of Disco


"A self-confessed chicken thief and all-around sleazeball."

4 comments:

Peggy R said...

I did see Metropolitan this winter (such as 'winter' was). It was not for the Ahnuld fan base, that is for sure. It was of course more dialogue driven. I did come to wonder what the point was of listening to these privileged kiddies debating socio-economic matters of the day. I suppose that was when the Ivy leagues dispensed real knowledge with real intellectual standards. I kinda disliked their snobbiness, but I liked their, er, 'class' and sense of decorum and dignity. I may see the other Whitman films in due time. I'll have to see what Netflix has got online.

Jane Chantal said...

As one who, at age 3, was so obsessed with "Lady and the Tramp" that I tried to thumbtack their portraits to our living room wall, I have only one comment after viewing the clip from "The Last Days of Disco": WAAAH!

:-D

Aged parent said...

I am always amazed that with so much richness that resides in the cinema of the past, from movie makers who had originality, artistic talent, good judgment and a fine sense of story-telling - people like Lean, Renoir, Hitchcock, Hawks, Ford, Murnau, etc. - tha people even look seriously at rubbish like this.

But I suppose I can expect no less in the movie Dark Ages we have been in since the 1960s.

Anonymous said...

The bare shoulders in the headcap of the final clip are distracting. . .

Sincerely,

Suomynona