the last days of disco

Writer – Director: Whit Stillman
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Chris Eigeman
USA, 1998 113 min  Saturday June 18, 8:30 pm – LPCA

First came “Metropolitan,” writer-director Whit Stillman’s witty take on the lives of of the Park Avenue set.Then “Barcelona,” a film inspired by Stillman’s own experiences as an American living in Spain. The third film in Stillman’s so-called Yuppie Trilogy, “The Last Days of Disco,” revisits Manhattan just as the disco craze is about to end. Writing once again from his own personal experiences, Stillman recreates the era of Studio 54 with deadpan accuracy and tart humor right down to the suddenly quaint-looking land lines and typewriters in the offices. The Ivy League characters in this case are as self-involved as ever, but they’re living in dismal railroad apartments as they try to make it in New York, a city where one’s social status now depends on being able to get into the right disco. Kate Beckinsale seems to revel in her role as a mean girl of the early 80’s who’s constantly putting down her best friend (Chloe Sevigny) with withering comments. Chris Eigeman, Stillman’s go-to actor, is cast this time as a key employee of a hot disco that seems to automatically ban anyone working in advertising.                                                                                                                                        (Kathleen Carroll)


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