Time to Celebrate: Whit Stillman Is Currently Casting is New Period English Piece
Whit Stillman’s unique style of writing and directing may not everyone’s cup of tea—but it’s certainly mine. What I’ve always loved most about his films is the way they always feel so out of time. Although surrounding social issues and circumstances may be present to the particular time period he is portraying, there’s an emotional and dialectical through-line to his work that feels untethered to the past or present, it’s neither here nor there, making it so you could easily pluck one of his characters from Metropolitan and place them at the dinner table with Greta Gerwig’s Violet in Damsels and everything would meld just swimmingly. His particular style of writing has always been antiquated, even when set in the past and now, after almost a decade and a half-long hiatus between The Last Days of Disco and Damsels, it appears we won’t be waiting too much longer for a follow-up.