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The Last Days of Disco (1998) Poster

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The disco seen in the movie was actually an old picture theater being renovated in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The location at the old movie theater had to be shared with another film production which was also shooting there during principal photography.
Castle Rock, the studio that produced the film, wanted a big name to star in the "Alice" role. They put in a call to Winona Ryder's agent with a firm offer. In the meantime, Chloe Sevigny read for the part and was perfect for the role, according to Whit Stillman. They were able to get out of the offer to Ryder because her agent took four days to return the call.
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This film was released in the same year as another disco movie, 54 (1998). Production of this film was accelerated in order to get it out before 54 (1998) which it beat to theaters by about three months.
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Winona Ryder was originally cast in the role of Alice Kinnon. By the time Ryder's agent got back to the production, however, Chloë Sevigny had been cast.
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This film was conceived by writer-director Whit Stillman after filming the disco scenes in Barcelona (1994). The picture is loosely based on Stillman's personal experiences in various Manhattan discos including Studio 54.
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Ben Affleck was interested in the role of Des which was cast with Chris Eigeman.
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Chloë Sevigny was cast in the role of Alice Kinnon on recommendation of film editor Christopher Tellefsen who had edited her performance in the movie Kids (1995). Tellefsen edited both Whit Stillman's Metropolitan (1990) and Barcelona (1994).
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The opening titles state that this film is set during the very early 1980s. They state only the specific month without mentioning the actual year of the month itself.
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Third feature film of director Whit Stillman. Metropolitan (1990) and Barcelona (1994) were the earlier works. This movie is the third film in director Whit Stillman's "Doomed-Bourgeois-in-Love series", these other two pictures being the other films in the series. This film includes a number of cameo appearances from characters that appeared in the two earlier movies.
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This movie has been writer-director Whit Stillman's last for about thirteen years, until Damsels in Distress (2011).
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