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Known for creating some of American independent cinema’s chattiest characters, writer-director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan) is apparently feeling rather talkative himself this week. Stillman has popped up all over New York in interviews marking Criterion’s new special edition DVD release of his charmingly caustic romantic roundelay The Last Days of Disco.
First up, there’s a profile and interview by Nick Pinkerton at the Village Voice, where, we learn in the full transcript (online only), Stillman got his first job, when he was still in college.” Then the director dispels some misconceptions about the film with IFC.com’s Stephen Saito (“It’s not so much about disco”), discusses his brief flirtation with Hollywood with Time Out’s Joshua Rothkopf (“I think I made the mistake of trying to make films within the industry and going along. You have to work outside it”), and lets Gothamist in on his favorite spots in New York City (“The Battery, Governor’s Island, and the steps of the Metropolitan when no one’s there, i.e., around 5:00 a.m.”).
Stillman was on the airwaves too, and you can download that WNYC interview with Leonard Lopate here. And the director will be in attendance at local screenings of the film at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade, tonight, and Pleasantville’s Jacob Burns Film Center, on September 1.