Whit Stillman Returns!

Image from the trailer.

Comedy of manners virtuoso Whit Stillman has a new feature film coming to theaters: Damsels in Distress.

If the trailer below is any indication, his first film since 1998’s The Last Days of Disco will follow his earlier works’ signature deadpan dialogue, well-educated but short-on-wisdom characters, and insightful wit, but Damsels in Distress appears to have a look and feel all its own.

For those unfamiliar with Stillman’s work, he’s made three priceless gems about “doomed bourgeoisie in love.”  Disco was his latest.  Before that was Barcelona, and his first feature was the charming Metropolitan.  His characters talk a lot about things they’ve learned from books while displaying their ignorance about the lessons learned from life.  You’ll watch them debate the merits of reading good literary criticism instead of novels, complain that no one talks about whatever you call the thing above the subtext, and argue that Brutus was a good friend to Caesar by stabbing him in the back.  Stillman’s dialogue, though, isn’t allusive to culture for its own sake; his characters are always talking about themselves, usually unawares, even when discussing the depressing archetypes of Lady and the Tramp.

I rarely get to the theater these years, but I’ll make a special trip if Damsels in Distress opens in the area.

Kyle Cupp

Kyle Cupp is a freelance writer who blogs about culture, philosophy, politics, postmodernism, and religion. He is a contributor to the group Catholic blog Vox Nova. Kyle lives with his wife, son, and daughter in North Texas. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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3 Responses

  1. Burt Likko says:

    This is happy news.

  2. Will Truman says:

    Metropolitan is one of those films that I watched and never fully left my head. It wasn’t a masterpiece, and the basic plot was relatively uninteresting, but the atmospherics contained thought-provoking elements I do not often see (or do not see well-presented) in entertainment.

  3. Snarky McSnarkSnark says:

    Thanks for this. I’ve been waiting for a new Whit Stillman film since I was in my 30s!!!