Five Favorite Films with Whit Stillman

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Back in the 1990s, Whit Stillman wrote and directed what might be regarded as three modern American classics. While independent cinema grew saturated with dysfunctional Sundance dramas and pop culture solipsism, Stillman's so-called "yuppie trilogy" -- Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994) and The Last Days of Disco (1998) -- instead offered comedic portraits of hyper-literate, obsessive preppy types negotiating a world of social etiquette that felt extracted from another time. Fourteen years (and several aborted projects) after Disco, Stillman at last returns with Damsels in Distress, which opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this week. While on the press rounds for the film this week, Stillman took some time out to write about his five favorite films. "These are just five of a possible 55 faves -- or more," he says. "But one has to start somewhere."Back to Article