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When Whit Stillman Met Jane Austen

16 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

Stillmans new movie, Love & Friendship, transports his softly spoken gladiatorial arena back to 1790s England.

Whit Stillman Pays a Visit to Jane Austen

Whit Stillman didn’t always love Jane Austen. Actually, like Tom Townsend, the brainy Princeton freshman in “Metropolitan,” Stillman’s 1990 movie about young preppies navigating Manhattan’s débutante scene, he used to seriously dislike her. Show More Summary

Whit Stillman mined Jane Austen's 'good stuff' when it came to 'Love & Friendship'

Whit Stillman, writer and director of "Love & Friendship," had to finish what Jane Austen started.

Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship”: Subverting the Social Order with Style

One of the reasons why Whit Stillman’s new film, “Love & Friendship,” is so deeply satisfying is that he filmed it on his home turf. “Love & Friendship,” an adaptation of an early novel by Jane Austen that was published only posthumously (in 1871), is set in London and on rural English estates in the early nineteenth century. Show More Summary


Jane Austen has long been an iconic author, of course, but at the moment she's enjoying a triple exposure on the page, screen, and stage. In Love & Friendship the delightful filmmaker Whit Stillman (Metropolitan) has adapted a newly discovered Austen novella called Lady Susan. Show More Summary

Whit Stillman on Jane Austen and "Love and Friendship"

Jane Austen lovers, rejoice! Whit Stillman—director of "The Last Days of Disco" and "Metropolitan"—has shifted his storytelling focus to a rarely read story by Austen that has never been seen on screen...until now.

Interview: Director Whit Stillman Talks “Love & Friendship”

In advance of the release of “Love & Friendship” I had a chance to sit down and chat with the film’s director Whit Stillman. Here are excerpts of the interview [...]

Review: Whit Stillman’s Hilarious Love & Friendship Focuses on Jane Austen’s Humor - 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars

last weekHumor / odd : Geekosystem

If you're a Whit Stillman fan (Metropolitan, Barcelona, Last Days of Disco, and Damsels in Distress), consider this high praise: Love & Friendship is exactly what you would expect from Stillman adapting Jane Austen, focusing on some of the period’s absurdities of love, marriage and inheritance.

Specialty BO Preview: ‘Love & Friendship’, ‘The Lobster’, ‘Pele’ Docu & More

Kate Beckinsale And Chloë Sevigny Gear Up For 'Love & Friendship'; While Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz Take On Love In 'The Lobster': Specialty Preview It isn't often that a Whit Stillman movie opens, but this weekend is one of those rare occasions. Show More Summary

Film Review: Love & Friendship

Whit Stillman's perfect adaptation of Jane Austen reframes social climbing as power.

Review: In ‘Love & Friendship,’ Austen Meets Whit Stillman

last weekNews : NYTimes: News

This adaptation, starring Kate Beckinsale, is enlivened by Mr. Stillman’s keen eye for character and Austen’s sense of fun.

Love & Friendship

"Love & Friendship" feels like it was inevitable. The director Whit Stillman adapting Jane Austen is one of those ideas that sounds like it's made up because it's so perfect, like Wes Anderson announcing that he's going to make an animated film about foxes based on a book by Roald Dahl. Show More Summary

Indie icon Whit Stillman takes on Jane Austen with the droll, deviously charming 'Love & Friendship'

Filmmaker Whit Stillman has been dropping Jane Austen’s name since his first movie, “Metropolitan,” the 1990 film that tracked the social mores of a group of Park Avenue preppies (the children of the UHB -- the "urban haute bourgeoisie”) in much the same way Austen slyly cataloged the sensibility...

The Ones That Got Away With It: A Celebration Of Bad Bitches In Film

This weekend, indie film director Whit Stillman opens his latest movie, Love & Friendship. Starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny, the movie is based on Lady Susan, an epistolary novella by Jane Austen about a crafty and charming widow who conquers high society and shockingly goes unpunished. Austen abstained from publishing Lady Susan (it was... Read more »

Love & Friendship

The first time I saw Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship I fell head over heels. And like anything you love at first sight, you want to see it again — not just to get closer but to put it to the test. Love & Friendship passes with flying colors. I...

Movie Review: Jane Austen fits Whit Stillman like a glove in the witty Love & Friendship

Whit Stillman adapting Jane Austen feels at once apt and almost unnecessary. His previous films—obsessed as they are with manners, social status, and conversational diplomacy—come pretty close to fulfilling any need we might have for a modern-day Austen. Show More Summary

Whit Stillman, Meet Jane Austen

A Whit Stillman film of a Jane Austen novel: To fervent fans of the director of Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco, this describes a union as devoutly wished for as the marriage of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Both artists’ comedies...Show More Summary

Adapting Good Material: Whit Stillman on "Love & Friendship"

In the common cinematic trade of character and dialogue, writer/director Whit Stillman has always had a distinct voice, thanks in part to his Jane Austen influence. His comedies of manners, set within microcosms of the upper class as...Show More Summary

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