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Remembrances by Anne-Katrin Titze

Whit Stillman with Anne-Katrin Titze's Steiff owl, relative of the owlet seen in Metropolitan‪: "It's really important in cinema because a significant prop gives you so much and you don't have to direct it too much." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

On the afternoon before the 20th anniversary screening of The Last Days of Disco, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny with Chris Eigeman, Matt Keeslar, Robert Sean Leonard, Tara Subkoff, Mackenzie Astin, Matt Ross, Burr Steers, Michael Weatherly, Jaid Barrymore, and Jennifer Beals, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Whit Stillman sat down with me for a conversation.

The director of Metropolitan, Barcelona, Damsels In Distress, and Love & Friendship and I speak about the importance of locations, props and Alfred Hitchcock, Christian Kracht's The Dead, Lady And The Tramp in The Last Days Of Disco and the film's costume designer Sarah Edwards.

Josh (Matt Keeslar) with Alice (Chloë
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‘Metropolitan’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

Stars: Edward Clements, Carolyn Farina, Chris Eigeman, Taylor Nichols, Allison Parisi | Written and Directed by Whit Stillman

One might think of Whit Stillman’s minor hit debut as the uptown, Eastside answer to Richard Linklater’s Slacker, which was also released in 1990. Between them they set the template for many a late-century indie: a loose and unfocused narrative peopled by an array of flawed characters discussing life, love, inclusion and exclusion, human existence and God.

The plot ostensibly concerns our sort-of-hero, Tom Townsend (Edward Clements), as he attends a series of preppy parties in various posh apartments in Manhattan. But Tom can’t share a taxi home with the others. He is – gasp! – a “Westsider”, which to a UK audience means he’s not quite as ridiculously wealthy as his friends. This isn’t a late-teen friendship group we normally see on screen. Remember that brilliant tennis club scene in Trading Places?
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Wes Anderson, Whit Stillman, and More: Inspirations for Michelle Morgan’s Love Letter to Los Angeles, ‘It Happened in La’

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Wes Anderson, Whit Stillman, and More: Inspirations for Michelle Morgan’s Love Letter to Los Angeles, ‘It Happened in La’
Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles provided fertile inspiration for Michelle Morgan, director of the recent iTunes New Filmmaker Spotlight “It Happened in L.A.” (Click here to watch the film)

“I’m born and raised in La, so it’s a world that I know pretty well,” she said. “I lived in the city when I was a child and then I spent most of my young-adult years in the suburbs, so the city was always this mythical thing to us in the suburbs.”

It Happened in L.A.” follows thirtysomething Annette (Morgan), her boyfriend, Elliot (Jorma Taccone), and her Bff, Baker (Dree Hemingway), as they navigate the perils of the bleak dating scene in Los Angeles. Is there such a thing as a perfect couple, or is that an urban myth?

It Happened in L.A.,” which was Morgan’s feature directorial debut, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
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Before ‘The Meyerowitz Stories,’ Noah Baumbach’s ‘Kicking and Screaming’ Captured Adults Coming of Age — Cannes 2017

Before ‘The Meyerowitz Stories,’ Noah Baumbach’s ‘Kicking and Screaming’ Captured Adults Coming of Age — Cannes 2017
This is the latest installment of a series exploring significant films from the careers of directors showing new work at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Noah Baumbach characters are almost always enduring growing pains, even if they stopped growing years ago. One of his most defining characteristics as a filmmaker is his ability to create coming-of-age stories for any age group.

The Meyerowitz Stories’ First Look: Noah Baumbach and Adam Sandler Compete for the Palme d’Or

The Meyerowitz Stories,” Baumbach’s first film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, sounds Baumbachian enough: It centers on an estranged family that convenes in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. The film stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson.

Soured relationships and artistic achievement are recurring themes in Baumbach’s work, and are often directly related to the painful transitions that take his
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Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Gets A New Featurette

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Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Gets A New Featurette
The follow-up series to ‘Gilmore Girls’, centering on the lives of a young woman raised by a single mom in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The new revival stars Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Liza Weil, Jared Padalecki, Milo Ventimiglia, Sean Gunn, Chris Eigeman, and Matt Czuchry. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” hits Netflix on November 25.

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Review: Whit Stillman's "Barcelona" (1990); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

Kudos to the Criterion Collection for releasing Whit Stillman’s charming trio of young adult angst: Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), and The Last Days of Disco (1998). The bookend films have both been previously released by Criterion on DVD and Blu-ray, but now the company bows Barcelona to complete the trilogy. Available as both a stand-alone disc as well as part of a set of the three films, Barcelona features the luminous Mira Sorvino in an early role.

The trilogy of films that Mr. Stillman made as the beginning of his career and for which he is most well-known are interesting in that they depict groups of people who fall out of the scope of most of the general population and probably appeal to even less. That is actually a welcome relief. Metropolitan was shot in January and February in 1989 and released in August 1990 (a curious choice for a film
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Criterion Close-Up – Episode 41 – Barcelona and Whit Stillman

Mark and Aaron take a look at Whit Stillman’s Barcelona (1994), and how it compares with his other work. We focus most on his other two films from the 1990s, Metropolitan (1990) and Last Days of Disco (1998), but we also discuss his most recent effort, Love and Friendship.

About the film:

Whit Stillman followed his delightful indie breakthrough Metropolitan with another clever and garrulous comedy of manners, this one with a darker edge. A pair of preppy yet constitutionally mismatched American cousins—a salesman and a navy officer—argue about romance and politics while working in the beautiful Spanish city of the film’s title. Set during the eighties, Barcelona explores topics both heady (American exceptionalism, Cold War foreign policy) and hilarious (the ins and outs of international dating, the proper shaving method) while remaining a constantly witty delight, featuring a sharp young cast that includes Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, and Mira Sorvino.
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Terrence Malick’s City Symphony, ‘Phoenix’ Talk, Sounds of ‘The Force Awakens,’ and More

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Watch a video reframing Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups as a city symphony:

Electrician Bob Tanswell remembers working with Stanley Kubrick on The Shining at The Guardian:

I’d heard of Stanley Kubrick but didn’t realise how special he was. He’d do 150 takes of a simple scene. He knew everybody’s job. If he asked you a question and you didn’t know the answer, you really got it – not me so much, because I was just a spark. After having a go at someone he’d be walking away and give you a wink, like: “See that? That’s got him going.” He was
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Debbie Harry to co-star in 'I Am The Pretty Thing'

Debbie Harry to co-star in 'I Am The Pretty Thing'
Osgood Perkins’ film also stars Ruth Wilson, Bob Balaban and Lucy Boynton.

Music icon and actress Debbie Harry (Hairspray) will co-star in Osgood PerkinsI Am the Pretty Thing That Lives In The House.

Already announced cast members include Ruth Wilson (Saving Mr Banks), Bob Balaban (Moonrise Kingdom) and 2015 Screen Star of Tomorrow Lucy Boynton (Sing Street).

The film follows a young nurse (Wilson) who has to care for a reclusive horror author (Harry) who decides to live out the final chapter of her life in a 19th century farmhouse that holds its own spooky secrets.

Rob ParisParis Film, Inc. is producing and co-financing the project with Robert Menzies’s Zed Filmworks, and Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films.

Paris is producing the project with Menzies, while Ghossein is exec producing.

Paris Film and Zed Filmworks recently joined forces in a partnership with Go Insane Films to co-finance and produce a slate of five films over the
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2015 Film Year Interview Index

There will be another handful (or two) of interviews coming as we march toward Hollywood's High Holy Night on February 28th. But with Oscar nomination voting closing today and so many interviews these past few weeks this seems as good a time as any to ask you to "consider" our official index of interviews from the film year and to take a less daily approach to the remaining one-on-ones.

Actors

Laia Costa (Victoria)

Chris Eigeman (Metropolitan's 25th anniversary)

Nina Hoss (Phoenix)

Jeremy Irvine (Stonewall)

James Ransone (TangerineSinister 2

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Géza Röhrig (Son of Saul) 

 

next up: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl / Ex Machina)

...and super brief chats with Sir Ian McKellen (Mr Holmes), Jane Fonda & Paul Dano (Youth), Michael Keaton (Spotlight), Pilou Asbaek (A War), and Carey Mulligan (Suffragette)

Creatives

Judy Becker (Production Design, Carol)

Odile Dicks-Mireaux (Costumes, Brooklyn)

Jack Fisk (Production Design, The Revenant)

Affonso Gonçalves (Editing,
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Toronto: Zak Hilditch to Direct, Write ‘Numbskull’ (Exclusive)

Toronto: Zak Hilditch to Direct, Write ‘Numbskull’ (Exclusive)
Zak Hilditch will direct “Numbskull,” the story of a former internet star who tries to find his missing daughter.

Rob Paris’s Los Angeles-based Paris Film, Robert Menzies’s Ottawa-based production shingle Zed Filmworks and Canadian real estate developer Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films will co-finance and produce the picture. Hilditch’s last film, “These Final Hours,” debuted at Cannes in 2014.

William Horberg (“The Talented Mr. Ripley”) will produced the picture, and Ghossein will executive produce. UK-based Altitude Film Sales will represent the international rights and Paradigm will oversee deals for North America.

“Numbskull” centers on Billy “The Kid” O’Connor, who does extreme stunts, which lead to fame, while breaking every bone in his body. His marriage and family life are also destroyed. However, he has a chance for redemption after his daughter disappears.

The financial partners have teamed up to produce a slate of five films over the first two years.
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Laugh It Up, Stare It Down Opens Tonight at Cherry Lane Theater

Laugh It Up, Stare It Down, a new play written by Alan Hruska The Man on Her Mind, New House under Construction, Reunion, is directed by Chris Eigeman known as a filmmaker for Turn The River and as an actor for roles in television's Gilmore Girls and the films Metropolitan, Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco, and premieres at TheCherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce Street tonight,September 9th, 2015.
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Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Laugh It Up, Stare It Down; Opens This September at Cherry Lane Theatre

Full casting has been announced for Laugh It Up, Stare It Down, a new play written by Alan Hruska The Man on Her Mind, New House under Construction, Reunion and directed by Chris Eigeman known as a filmmaker for Turn The River and as an actor for roles in television's Gilmore Girls and the films Metropolitan, Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco. Laugh It Up, Stare It Down will premiere at The Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce Street beginning a limited engagement on August 26th with opening night set for September 9th.
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Whit Stillman's 'Metropolitan' 25 Years Later: How it Become a Surprise Indie Hit

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Whit Stillman's 'Metropolitan' 25 Years Later: How it Become a Surprise Indie Hit
When Whit Stillman's "Metropolitan" hit theaters in 1990, it seemed like an overnight success. But the low-budget film about a group of self-proclaimed "urban haute bourgeoisie" in Manhattan hardly had an easy time making it into the world. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary re-release, Indiewire recently spoke to Stillman and cast members Carolyn Farina, Taylor Nichols and Chris Eigeman, who reflected on the challenges -- and joys -- of making the film. Read More: Whit Stillman's 'Metropolitan' to Get 25th Anniversary Re-Release Set "not so long ago" during winter vacation on Manhattan's Upper East Side, "Metropolitan" follows young Ivy League student Tom Townsend (Edward Clements), who falls in with a clique of upper-crust preppies (portrayed by Farina, Nichols, Eigeman, Bryan Leder, Will Kempe, Elizabeth Thompson, Dylan Hundley, Isabel Gillies and Allison Parisi) who attend winter debutante balls. The low-budget film shot in borrowed...
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Daily | Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan @ 25

On the 25th anniversary of Whit Stillman's feature debut, Rialto Pictures is sending Metropolitan, featuring Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman, Taylor Nichols, Carolyn Farina and Elizabeth Thompson, out on limited runs in New York, Los Angeles and Maryland. "Few will identify with the ludicrously wealthy characters, who speak in perpetual bon mots and are virtually never seen in anything but formalwear," grants Mike D'Angelo at the Av Club, "but their stubborn refusal to evolve with the culture—forever sounding as if they’re in one of the Jane Austen novels they so earnestly discuss—is part of their charm." We've got the new trailer and we're collecting more reviews. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan @ 25

On the 25th anniversary of Whit Stillman's feature debut, Rialto Pictures is sending Metropolitan, featuring Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman, Taylor Nichols, Carolyn Farina and Elizabeth Thompson, out on limited runs in New York, Los Angeles and Maryland. "Few will identify with the ludicrously wealthy characters, who speak in perpetual bon mots and are virtually never seen in anything but formalwear," grants Mike D'Angelo at the Av Club, "but their stubborn refusal to evolve with the culture—forever sounding as if they’re in one of the Jane Austen novels they so earnestly discuss—is part of their charm." We've got the new trailer and we're collecting more reviews. » - David Hudson
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Whit Stillman’s ‘Metropolitan’ Returning to Theaters

Whit Stillman’s ‘Metropolitan’ Returning to Theaters
Rialto Pictures will re-release indie stalwart Whit Stillman’s debut film, “Metropolitan,” in honor of the movie’s 25th anniversary.

Metropolitan” will open Aug. 7 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, followed by a launch in Los Angeles seven days later and a national rollout throughout the late summer and fall.

The 1990 film centers on upper-class New Yorkers on winter break from college during debutante ball season. Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements and Chris Eigeman are among the stars.

Stillman’s screenplay received an Oscar nomination, and the film had a solid box office performance, grossing nearly $3 million domestically.

Stillman is in post-production on “Love & Friendship” — an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novella “Lady Susan” — which reteams his “Last Days of Disco” stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny.
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Stream This: Kicking And Screaming

[Editor's Note: Welcome to "Stream This," our weekly feature where we single out television programs and movies of considerable merit that are available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, or other streaming services. Look for a new recommendation every Thursday.] Not all that long into Kicking and Screaming, Noah Baumbach's wise and witty debut feature, Grover (Josh Hamilton), a recent college graduate, is trying to get into a bar without a driver's license. He argues with the bouncer that he clearly looks over 21, and the bouncer answers that he must have ID. This would register as a totally benign exchange, save for the fact that the bouncer pronounces ID as if it were the id. In that moment, Baumbach, who wrote the script as well, encapsulates a hard truth about adulthood: age and the appearance of age is no sign whatsoever of wisdom or knowledge of self. Rather, it's when people begin learning when to trust their instincts (and when to ignore them) that something like genuine enlightenment settles in. [caption id="attachment_452139" align="alignright" width="344"] Image via Trimark/caption] That might sound a bit heavy for what is, ostensibly, a college comedy, but Baumbach
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Tracking Shot October: Barthes’ Madame Bovary, Renzi’s Franny, Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Bell’s Shiva & May

“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing and this October we see a couple of items that we could certainly circle as potential Cannes 2014 bait. Thanks to our friends at Production Weekly for the helping hand in curating our list of future must see items.

Among the top foreign film productions, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover‘s Peter Greenaway is looking at a late October, possible November start to begin filming a fragment of the great Soviet master filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s bio timeline. Eisenstein In Guanajuato will cover the portion of the filmmaker’s post Battleship Potemkin career, with Eisenstein landing in Mexico after Hollywood studios balked at the idea of working with him and in its place finds romance. The Girl Who Played with Fire‘s Daniel Alfredson
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Buyers take WestEnd's Manglehorn

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Buyers take WestEnd's Manglehorn
Exclusive: WestEnd Films has closed a number of deals on David Gordon Green’s next film Manglehorn, including to Artificial Eye for the UK, Wild Side for France, and Swen for Latin America.

Al Pacino stars as a former criminal living a boring life until he goes back to his old ways. “The script is very strong. It’s a very different tone to Joe, and is much more humorous and tragically comical,” WestEnd MD Eve Schoukroun told Screen.

The new film starts shooting in October with Worldview again financing; WestEnd is also selling Joe, which was very well received in Venice ahead of its Toronto premiere on Monday. “I’m very excited to work with David and Worldview again,” Schoukroun said.

Other forthcoming shoots for WestEnd are Chris Eigeman’s political drama Midnight Sun set to shoot in October starring Jesse Eisenberg, Emile Hirsch and Diane Kruger; and Stephen Herek’s The Great Gilly Hopkins to star
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