Thursday, March 02, 2006

Whit Stillman Speaks

Being a fan of director Whit Stillman requires a lot of patience. He's made just three films since 1990 (METROPOLITAN, BARCELONA, and THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO), the most recent having been released eight years ago. Rumored projects have come and gone with no results and often little news. There was the DISCO novelization Stillman wrote, but that's been about it.

The silence has been cracked with Criterion's release of METROPOLITAN on DVD. To promote the DVD Stillman has been making the interview rounds,as much as someone off the pop culture radar like him can. The best and most comprehensive interview I've come across is Noel Murray's at The Onion AV Club. Although Stillman doesn't reveal any details about his possible fourth film, it sounds like he's closer to seeing it through than his unmade film of an unfinished Jane Austen novel, adaptation of Anchee Min's RED AZALEA, or story of Francis Marion, "the Swamp Fox".

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