The "Metropolitan" director adapts Jane Austen with "Love & Friendship," which is both a movie and a novel
The Metropolitan writer-director talks to Co.Create about how struggling to get films made eventually led him to Jane Austen. With the films Metropolitan, Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco, Whit Stillman immortalized the 1% percent milieu of coming-of-age WASPs in the era of Izod's and Drakkar Noir. Show More Summary
The elaborately formal period comedy of manners Love & Friendship has a different vibe than other movies of its ilk. The delight of its director, Whit Stillman, enlivens every scene, so what might have seemed stilted is full of human faces in exquisitely subtle states of panic. Heretical as it ... More »
Mr. Stillman’s new film, “Love & Friendship,” is based on Jane Austen’s “Lady Susan,” and he talks about his love for Austen and the 18th century.
After the arrival of his first feature “Metropolitan” (1990), those enamored by writer/director Whit Stillman’s droll comedy of manners compared him to no less than Woody Allen. One big difference between the two concerns their respective...Show More Summary
The filmmaker Whit Stillman has a new movie and novel — both called “Love and Friendship” — based on Jane Austen’s “Lady Susan.”
“THE TRUTH IS, THE BOURGEOISIE DOES HAVE A LOT OF CHARM” — Few understand that better than Whit Stillman. Related: My audio interview with Stillman discussing his 2012 film, Damsels in Distress.
“Medieval morality plays had vice; Marxists, the bourgeoisie; and my English professors, dead white males. (They also worried about power, brainchild of Foucault’s bald pate.) But these days, we cross our index fingers in the face of privilege. … No one, however, has done more to humanize poor old two-dimensional Privilege than the filmmaker Whit […]
Medieval morality plays had vice; Marxists, the bourgeoisie; and my English professors, dead white males. (They also worried about power, brainchild of Foucault’s bald pate.) But these days, we cross our index fingers in the face of privilege. This trendiest of stock villains tends to lurk in the wings of our cultural conversations, only to […]
Whit Stillman tends to be cagey about when his movies take place. His 1990 debut, Metropolitan, claims to be set “not so long ago,” which is most likely sometime around 1970. Likewise, Barcelona, which joins the Criterion collectionShow More Summary
The Jane Austen adaptation machine rolls on apace, with a trailer out for Whit Stillman’s new movie Love and Friendship, based on an early novella called Lady Susan that went unpublished until decades after the author’s death. The film...Show More Summary
Starring Kate Beckinsale as the witty, manipulative dynamo Lady Susan, Love & Friendship is the latest from Whit Stillman, who directed both Last Days of Disco and Metropolitan. Read more...
No one has a better eye for the elaborate rituals and complicated dynamics of privileged society than Whit Stillman — no one, that is, except perhaps Jane Austen. Love & Friendship is Stillman’s first time adapting the iconic writer’s work for the big screen, but it’s a combination that feels inevitable in retrospect. Show More Summary
Whit Stillman (Metropolitan) is back with a new movie, featuring some of his favorite white people. Love & Friendship reunites Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny from Stillman's The Last Days of Disco, but this time they don big 19th-century hats and capes instead of tube tops. The film is based... More »
When is the last time you saw Kate Beckinsale in something that did not involve guns or vampires in any way, shape, or form? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Almost long enough to forget that she’s actually a pretty good actress when she’s not busy fighting off werewolves. Show More Summary
Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions have dropped a trailer for Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship, which received a very warm response out of its Sundance Film Festival premiere. Based on the Austen novella Lady...Show More Summary
This week Whit Stillman‘s (The Last Days of Disco, Barcelona) newest film, Love & Friendship, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The Jane Austin adaptation received positive reviews, including one from our own Angie Han. The rest...Show More Summary
Whit Stillman is a Sundance success story. His debut movie, "Metropolitan," soared out of the 1990 festival toward critical glory, an Oscar nomination for its screenplay and a 25th anniversary re-release. Stillman's fifth film, "Love...Show More Summary
Whit Stillman adapts Jane Austen, and the results are sublime. For Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Last Days of Disco) adapted a novel by Jane Austen that was unpublished at her death. Later published under the titleShow More Summary
During what appeared to be his 13-year hiatus of directing, Whit Stillman moved to London and was trying to mount film productions there, which wasn’t an easy feat. Essentially, if one didn’t have the BBC and Film 4 involved on their project, it was hardly a go. Show More Summary