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Has anyone seen this film? J. Press, Chipp, and Brooks get a mention, as does A.T. Harris. Lots of New York Preppies talking about all kinds of stuff while looking so veddy Trad in their blazers, repp ties, khakis, and formal wear. I had nearly forgotten the custom of wearing floppy tennis hats with black tie.

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quote:Originally posted by n/a

Has anyone seen this film? J. Press, Chipp, and Brooks get a mention, as does A.T. Harris. Lots of New York Preppies talking about all kinds of stuff while looking so veddy Trad in their blazers, repp ties, khakis, and formal wear. I had nearly forgotten the custom of wearing floppy tennis hats with black tie.

Cheers,
Harris
It looks like the movie is now available on DVD.
 

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DVD release is apparently today (Valentine's Day).

Great film. Lots of talk, a movie where the dialogue actually carries the story.

If you like Metropolitan, you might also want to check out Barcelona by the same director. It was released in 1994.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Bradford

DVD release is apparently today (Valentine's Day).

Great film. Lots of talk, a movie where the dialogue actually carries the story.

If you like Metropolitan, you might also want to check out Barcelona by the same director. It was released in 1994.
I own and cherish the Stillman trilogy. Or trinity, for the more passionate admirers.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Bradford

DVD release is apparently today (Valentine's Day).

Great film. Lots of talk, a movie where the dialogue actually carries the story.

If you like Metropolitan, you might also want to check out Barcelona by the same director. It was released in 1994.
Did people really enjoy Barcelona? I found the movie rather boring and difficult to get through.

I appreciate Stillman in general. I thought Metropolitan was an interesting film; as pointed out above, about a dying-out breed. I thought Last Days of Disco was rather interesting also. I did some research on the web, trying to find out the "deeper meaning" of Barcelona which I assumed that I had missed. I found somewhere an interview with Stillman where he expounds on Barcelona. Essentially, it was just an autobiographical sketch of his time in Barcelona, which he embellished to highlight the anti-American sentiment in Spain in the 80s. I would suggest that people start with the other two of his movies first, then watch Barcelona if they enjoyed the other two.

Has anyone read his book of Last Days of Disco? Was it a good read?
 

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I love the dialog in his movies, but it's also completely unrealistic.
I've seen only "Barcelona" (though now will look for "Metropolitan") and so could be mistaken overall; but the dialogue in "Barcelona" shows a good ear for the ways in which many of us really do talk.
 

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Barcelona to my mind is by far the best of the three, but think watching in sequence is probably the way to go, since Metro is easier. Punta de diamente, etc. There are Stillman dialogue sites. Some truly incredible lines. I have to say that his dialogue very precisely tracks the speech of a small sliver of society.

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quote:Originally posted by Tom Buchanan

quote:Originally posted by Bradford

DVD release is apparently today (Valentine's Day).

Great film. Lots of talk, a movie where the dialogue actually carries the story.

If you like Metropolitan, you might also want to check out Barcelona by the same director. It was released in 1994.
Did people really enjoy Barcelona? I found the movie rather boring and difficult to get through.

I appreciate Stillman in general. I thought Metropolitan was an interesting film; as pointed out above, about a dying-out breed. I thought Last Days of Disco was rather interesting also. I did some research on the web, trying to find out the "deeper meaning" of Barcelona which I assumed that I had missed. I found somewhere an interview with Stillman where he expounds on Barcelona. Essentially, it was just an autobiographical sketch of his time in Barcelona, which he embellished to highlight the anti-American sentiment in Spain in the 80s. I would suggest that people start with the other two of his movies first, then watch Barcelona if they enjoyed the other two.
I thought Barcelona was the best of the three by a ways. It's the most nuanced and accurate look at Americans in the global world and the way we're viewed that I can think of. The City Journal article about Whit Stillman does a good analysis of this aspect of the film. Plus, it's funny.

Some people just hate ants, I guess.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Mr. Magoo

quote:Originally posted by Tom Buchanan

quote:Originally posted by Bradford

DVD release is apparently today (Valentine's Day).

Great film. Lots of talk, a movie where the dialogue actually carries the story.

If you like Metropolitan, you might also want to check out Barcelona by the same director. It was released in 1994.
Did people really enjoy Barcelona? I found the movie rather boring and difficult to get through.

I appreciate Stillman in general. I thought Metropolitan was an interesting film; as pointed out above, about a dying-out breed. I thought Last Days of Disco was rather interesting also. I did some research on the web, trying to find out the "deeper meaning" of Barcelona which I assumed that I had missed. I found somewhere an interview with Stillman where he expounds on Barcelona. Essentially, it was just an autobiographical sketch of his time in Barcelona, which he embellished to highlight the anti-American sentiment in Spain in the 80s. I would suggest that people start with the other two of his movies first, then watch Barcelona if they enjoyed the other two.
I thought Barcelona was the best of the three by a ways. It's the most nuanced and accurate look at Americans in the global world and the way we're viewed that I can think of. The City Journal article about Whit Stillman does a good analysis of this aspect of the film. Plus, it's funny.

Some people just hate ants, I guess.
Given your and 80FJ40's high praise of Barcelona, I will have to rent it and see if I have matured since several years ago when I saw it in the theater.;) As I said, I did rather enjoy Metropolitan and Last Days.

Did anyone ever read Stillman's book of Last Days of Disco?
 

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Stillman is a national treasure. A few years back ,
he mentioned in an interview with, I believe, Terry Gross
of NPR, that he was working on film about the Revolutionary
War or the early Republic. Does anyone know about this?
My guess is that it didn't get funded (yet?)
 

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I love all three films and have forwarded the City Journal article to several friends in the past as a way of turning them on to Stillman's work. (The only quibble I have about the City Journal article is the author's contention that the scene in Barcelona where Chris Eigeman walks in on Mira Sorvino - is the "only" sexually explicit scene in any of the three films. Apparently the author must have steped out for some popcorn during the equally explicit scene with Chris Eigeman and Jaid Barrymore toward the end of The Last Days of Disco.)

Be that as it may, great flicks all.
 

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Love Stillman. Yes, a national treasure.

I need to give LDoD another chance, but Barcelona and Metropolitan are in my top 10 of all time. Almost as many hilarious lines as Withnail & I

Excellent quotes:

Nick Smith: It's a tiny bit arrogant of people to go around worrying about those less fortunate.

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Man at Bar: The acid test is whether you take any pleasure in responding to the question "What do you do?" I can't bear it.

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Ted: You're very perceptive.
Montserrat: What?
Ted: You're very perceptive.
Montserrat: What?
Ted: You are very perceptive.
Montserrat: Oh. Thank you.

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Fred: You think wedding vows are going to change everything? God, your naivete is astounding! Didn't you see "The Graduate"?
Ted: You can remember "The Graduate"?
Fred: Yeah, I can remember a few things. Apparently you don't. The end? Katharine Ross has just married this really cool guy - tall, blond, incredibly popular, the make-out king of his fraternity in Berkeley - when this obnoxious Dustin Hoffman character shows up at the back of the church, acting like a total a$$hole. "Elaine! Elaine!" Does Katharine Ross tell Dustin Hoffman, "Get lost, creep. I'm a married woman"? No. She runs off with him - on a bus. That is the reality.
 

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I've loved Metropolitan since its release. At the time, I had been living in New York (right after college) for less than a year. After some friends and I saw the movie, we went out and got drunk and decided to go down to AT Harris and buy tuxedos so that we could crash deb balls. Keep in mind that none of us really knew anything about the whole deb thing. Coincidentally, I was checking out that tuxedo this morning. In the end, we didn't have enough courage to crash anything. Instead, we joined some junior committees of high profile charities and went to their events. It really was more of a social scene than charity. And for that I know that I will spend more years in purgatory. BTW, I had always noticed a resemblance between Harris and Nick.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Mr. Magoo

I thought Barcelona was the best of the three by a ways. It's the most nuanced and accurate look at Americans in the global world and the way we're viewed that I can think of. The City Journal article about Whit Stillman does a good analysis of this aspect of the film. Plus, it's funny.

Some people just hate ants, I guess.
I like that one best as well. I was doing military PA in the med in the early 90s and I remember the anti-Otan graffiti. ;)

"Buy the best, and you will only cry once." - Chinese proverb
 
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