Discreet Charms: A Whit Stillman Retrospective

Thursday, October 24 | 7:30 pm

One of the most acclaimed independent films of the 1990s, Metropolitan follows the exploits of middle-class college student, Tom Townsend, who falls in with a group of Manhattan socialites at the height of the winter gala season. Floating from opulent balls to decadent after-parties in the aimless days between Christmas and New Year’s, the members of the “Sally Fowler Rat Pack” discuss the novels of Jane Austen, gossip about ruined reputations, debate the decline of the bourgeoisie, and pursue ill-advised love triangles with an endearing mixture of highbrow wit and naïve enthusiasm. Pitched perfectly between literary melodrama and affectionate farce, Whit Stillman’s (Love & Friendship) Oscar-nominated feature-film debut captures the melancholic sparkle of Christmas in New York, and the elated awkwardness of first love.

Director Whit Stillman | 1990 | In English | 98 minutes | PG-13 (for mature thematic material involving sexuality and drug use) | DCP 

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