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Whit Stillman is an American filmmaker whose four films are comedic investigations of class triumphs and tragedies, explored through the lens of group social life.
These include the varying comforts and malaise of the ‘urban haute bourgeoisie’ in Metropolitan (1990); how certain class cultures clash with political realities abroad in Barcelona (1994); and the collapse of the utopian ideals of disco in The Last Days of Disco (1996).
In many ways his latest film and first in thirteen years, Damsels in Distress (2001), breaks away from the preceding three films. It takes a cue from Disco’s last scene and sheds the commitment to realism that dominates popular cinema today, while also exhibiting an intimacy with its central character in a way that’s unique in Whit’s films.
We were thrilled to bring Whit to Toronto to discuss and present his work through our Live Directors Series. Before leaving the city, Whit sat down to chat about his films a little more closely, with a special (and deserved) focus on the charms and challenges of Damsels.
This feature interview is from our tenth issue, which was released in January 2013.
Special thanks to our friends for help in releasing Issue #10: Whit Stillman, Costa-Gavras, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Cameron Bailey, Stacey Donen, Stephen Broomer, Ingrid Hamilton, Genevieve Parent, Liam Crockard, Charles Reeve, Lisa Deanne Smith, Casey Bee, Annaliese Levy, Melanie Bozzo, Mark Jewusiak, Dan Morgan, Simone Smith, and Williams Design.