Whit Stillman: Not so long ago
In five films, from his debut Metropolitan (1990) through to his “Jane Austen” film, Love & Friendship (2015), Whit Stillman has established himself as the prince of contemporary American comedy. Betting on the elegance, intelligence, and love of his characters rather than their derision, Stillman’s comedic genius lies in his brilliant, snappy dialogue and clear-cut direction, which focuses on the lives of his characters, the speed of their thoughts, and the subtlety of their emotions.
Alongside a career-spanning interview, Whit Stillman: Not so long ago features essays, a fold-out dossier of archival documents, as well as a selection of Stillman’s own personal writings on cinema. Offering a range of unique perspectives on Stillman’s oeuvre, the book brings together critics, filmmakers and scholars from the French- and English-speaking worlds: Serge Bozon, Charlotte Garson, Haden Guest, Beatrice Loayza, Cyril Neyrat, Nick Pinkerton and Félix Rehm. [publisher’s note]