DVD - 2006
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When a group of young sophisticated high society friends in New York take in a new member with more humble origins, they begin to learn what life is like outside their sheltered world.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, 2006
Edition: Widescreen format
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9781559409681
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE METRO
Characteristics: optical,mono
1 videodisc ((Not rated)(99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 pamphlet (1 volume : 18 cm)
Notes: Essay "After the ball" by Luc Sante appears in pamphlet
Special features: audio commentary by Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and actors Christopher Eigeman and Taylor Nichols; rare outtakes and alternate casting, with commentary by Stillman
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1990


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LPL_TriciaK Nov 10, 2017

Whit Stillman's films are perfect for people who like character-driven, dialogue-packed films. Set in New York City in the world of privileged college youth (plus one middle-class gentleman) during the debutante season, the film documents their parties and private conversations, their romantic crushes and social commentary. It's the first in an exceptional trilogy - don't miss Stillman's follow-ups: "The Last Days of Disco" and "Barcelona".

Aug 24, 2016

Cult favorite can endure many viewings over multiple decades, witty dialogue could become even more engaging with more sophisticated visual inflections.

Aug 13, 2016

Quite a quirky but, in the end (literally and figuratively), touching film.

Jun 21, 2016

Metropolitan, Last Days of Disco and Barcelona are all at once comedy, drama and social commentary. Reminds me of some of Woody Allen's early films. Stillman uses many of the same cast in all 3 movies, people you never heard of before or since. You will like, or maybe not.

Jun 09, 2016

Excellent first film by Whit Stillman.

Marinetti Jan 16, 2014

A very funny and ultimately moving film.

crankylibrarian Jul 10, 2013

Whit Stillmans' mordantly brilliant look at the lives of "over" privileged East coast youth. Tom is the middle class outsider thrust into a series of debutante holiday social gatherings; his awkward attempts to connect with these precociously sophisticated, yet superficial teens, and their total lack of self-awareness make for classic farce. Chris Eigeman is wonderful in his first movie role, playing a hilariously embittered pseudo-intellectual.

kevfarley Nov 05, 2012

Depiction of an intresting NYC sub-culture ,.. the rich.

Jun 12, 2012

Dialogue driven film about a group of 'urban haute bourgeoise' New Yorkers on Winter break. The is self conscious and awkward, like the characters the time (1990) itself.

Jan 07, 2011

Whit Stillman's first film. You have to imagine these characters as real people to make it at all bearable. The dialogue seems bizarre, until you think about who these characters are. They are very naturally unnatural.

It's great!


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