Whit Stillman: The Last Days of Disco with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards



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Laim one Oscar nomination two ilms in the Criterion Collection but has never become widely popular Several of his ilms were inancial Beyond the Mist flops and the novel is out of printWhich is really a shame because it s a lovely entry in the kinda pretentious young people coming of age in the big city genre The setting is Manhattan circa 1980 The characters work in crappy jobs and live in crappier apartments but as long as they can dance till dawn at the hottest nightclub in town everything seems beautiful Theyall in love and break up and overanalyze one another s motivations and try to Phemes Regret figure out the proper way to live in the world as an adult Of course one of the major charms of Stillman silms is his dialogue and the novel aithfully reproduces classic scenes like the one in which a character argues that Lady and the Tramp programs women to adore jerks But Stillman s voice shows through even in the narrative sections Eg describing the aftermath of a ight outside the Club The cops jumped out but it was almost all over except Chimerica for the mercurochrome There are also plenty of good moments in the novel that don t appear in theilm I couldn t stop laughing when I read the scene where Alice our modest and virtuous heroine kicks a dog while jogging in Central ParkSo you can think of this book as something like the DVD extras or deleted scenes rom The Last Days of Disco but I even think it s good enough to stand on its own If you didn t know better you could almost think that it s a minor classic novel that got turned into an indie ilm rather than the other way around I know I said it s a shame this book is out of print but I also Ο ελληνικός εμφύλιος πόλεμος, 1943-1950 feel like that somehow adds to its mystiue After all it s a story about the rare preciousleeting moments of one s young adulthood so it s oddly appropriate that this book should be a rare and precious object itselfCorrection records show that of Stillman s The Probability Pad fourilms only The Last Days of Disco lost moneyCorrection this scene actually does appear in the Calendula film but it seems not as memorably or emphatically as in the novel. Eor Alice Kinnon the boyfriendless social Markham Hall Series Bundle (Markham Hall, failurerom Hampshire College whose uite charm detonated a bitter rivalry between him and our of his Harvard classmates He also sets the record straight about the beautiful passionate painfully candid Charlotte PingreeSet primarily in Manhattan in the early 1980s but spanning two continents and two decades The Last Days of Disco with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards redresses the wrongs done these characters and this period while helping to ameliorate the comic novel shortage in the world today.

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At least this misguided effort doesn t diminish the greatness of his ilms Uniue mix of the eel good and the heartbreaking Deeply civilized and literate this is exactly what the modern novel should be an extension of the classical tradition while knowingly postmodernist at the same time obliuely commenting on the state of society without a left handed axe to grind delicate and modest but unselfconscious A work of art Stillman s elegant innocent melancholy book adaptation and expansion of his subtle and underrated Soy Sisters film is really something to be savored as a work of its own Vastly enlarging the dimensions of the character of Jimmy Steinwayrom his relatively supporting role in the Tacar Dánta/Selected Poems film Stillman weaves a comedy of manners that recalls Forster and Austen at theirinest moments only set in the upper class apartments of early 1980 s New York a time that now seems almost as removed as Edwardian England or the early 19th century Between episodes of arch comedy he drops nuggets of poignant wisdom about the nature of romance at various points in one s life and how we all meet and Sybil fall in love with somebody who no matter where our life takes us or theirs takes them we can t help but remain drawn to even long past what we know to be the end of our chance with them The characters are deftly but economically drawn emerging with each page rather than appearingull A Womans Guide to Fasting formed all at once with minorigures suddenly becoming important and major ones suddenly vanishing to the background as often happens in real life Life a Hermann Zapf and His Design Philosophy fine wine to be enjoyed with the right people at the right time in your life it ll make you longor your early twenties whenever those were and a moment in time when all you cared about was social politics having a good time and trying to be likable to yourself and the one person you always wished you would meet Whit Stillman is one of America s great cult I Know Who You Are filmmakers In the last 24 years he has written and directedour indie movies and published this novel based on his 1998 Spring Girl film The Last Days of Disco He s met with critical acc. D “deftunny and improbably touching” with results that are even defter Menerjang Batas funnier and improbably poignantJimmy Steinway the “Dancing Adman” of The Last Days of Disco and we later discover arustrated desk drawer novelist gets his lucky break when Castle Rock Entertainment unable to Chosen Vessels find anyone else to write a novelization of the movie reluctantly gives the assignment to him Jimmy struggles to bring to light the true origins of the story at Kate Preston’s party in Sag Harbor and theast then slow then ast again unfolding of his lov.

The story of a group of recent college graduates in the early 80s who spend a lot of time dancing to disco and being a bit talky Sounds terrible when written so plainly like thatAs pretty much everyone who reads this book must be I am a big an of Whit Stillman s The Secret World of Fluffy Ratbag films and the premise of a novelisation of one of his movies as written by one of the charactersrom the movie was too much to resist As a novelisation it is Awakening (The Guardians Heart Series Book 1) fine who really needs a novelisation anyway The concept certainly puts it above your basic Max Allan Collins cuts a Hollywood script to smithereens and adds some inner monologue paddingare As a movie it is witty and poignant and seemingly Whoops! forgotten already As a novel I didn t enjoy it so muchOf course separating the novelrom the movie is always a difficult task and this is made worse by being almost a transcript of the movie with a Los Caballeros de la Ciencia: El secreto mejor guardado de la Iglesia. few new ideas thrown in to make the narrative conceit work If you haven t seen the movie there s a 50% chance you ll be able to enjoy this novel if you have seen the movie I can t see what extra you might takerom this apart The Sheep Book from getting to interact with all yourriends once Unnecessary is the word that comes to mind Laduma first with this one I adore Whit Stillman s movies so it pains me to give this book such a bad review But the truth is that itails to enrich deepen or supplement the world brought to life in the The Gangs Birthday Surprise film of the same name Instead it tediously reenacts transcribes might be a better word the events of theilm Line by line Shot by shot Scene by scene There s one or two new bits thrown in but they re Earth few andar betweenThis narrative approach Get Up forces Stillman into some very clumsy maneuvers And he doesn t do himself anyavors by adopting the Out to Lunch first person voice of Jimmy Steinway who in order toollow the action of the screenplay must serve double duty as a participant in the action and as a uasi omniscient narratorIt s hard to believe these shortcomings could have escaped an artist with Stillman s critical acumen and storytelling prowess Perhaps the book was rushed to press But. Opposites do attract but is that really such a good ideaWhit Stillman has won international acclaim as one of the wittiest most original ilmmakers of his generation “the Balzac of the ironic class the Dickens of people with too much inner life” in the words of Stephen Hunter in The Washington Post Now twisting the ilm novelization genre in an entirely new direction Stillman has produced something eually resh and surprising a novel based on the characters and events touched on in The Last Days of Disco the movie The New York Times calle.

Whit Stillman born John Whitney Stillman is an Academy Award nominated American writer director known for his sly depictions of the urban haute bourgeoisie as he terms the upper class WASPs of the US socio cultural elite