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DP/30: Damsels in Distress, writer/director Whit Stillman

8 Responses to “DP/30: Damsels in Distress, writer/director Whit Stillman”

  1. sanj says:

    this seemed like a dp/60 … haven’t seen any of his films

    dude needs to make some action films or something if he wants to get noticed

  2. JKill says:

    DAMSELS IN DISTRESS is great. I saw it some weeks back at an early screening as part of a Stillman retrospective. It’s probably his silliest, most broad and stylized film, which is part of its many charms. Gerwig is terrific in it. It’s a really fun and original film. I basically smiled the whole way through.

  3. The Pope says:

    Sanj, are you using an irony so deeply embedded I am completely unaware of it?

  4. sanj says:

    nah – he’s only made like 4-5 movies .. still haven’t seen them.

    so give him a comic book movie then people will figure out who he is

  5. The Pope says:

    “so give him a comic book movie then people will figure out who he is”

    So, Steven Spielberg has only just come on your radar? In which case, you might want to check out these directors: James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Katheryn Bigelow, David Lynch, the Coen Brothers, Terence Mallick, Steven Soderbergh and Alexander Payne.

  6. Yancy Skancy says:

    I dig Stillman a lot, but in fairness to sanj (who I assume is a fairly young guy), this is his first film in 14 years, and his previous work hasn’t been canonized like that of, say, the similarly non-prolific Malick.

  7. The Pope says:

    Yancy Skancy,
    That’s fair enough. Although I’ve heard of these things called DVDs and they’re great because they allow me to watch films I missed in theaters.

  8. Brian Street says:

    Ha! Here he dances the Sambola lol

    http://vimeo.com/39214972

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