The erudite, drawing-room milieu of Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan is worlds away from the virile, anything-goes atmospheres of the independent horror movies made by Troma Films. Yet the two came together, ever so briefly, when Stillman cast his friend the colorful cult icon Lloyd Kaufman (director of such trashy epics as The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo and Juliet) in one scene of his film, as a somewhat sleazy record producer. Stillman ultimately recast the part—the character is meant to be a bit threatening, while Kaufman comes across as funny and affable. But you can see Kaufman’s (rather winning, we think) performance below in a series of outtakes from the scene, accompanied by a commentary track by Stillman.
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films
In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of the Astaire-Rogers classic, dance critic Brian Seibert explains how beautifully and cleverly the film integrates dance into the structure of a romantic-comedy plot.
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet
In a rarely seen documentary about David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, the director and his star, Isabella Rossellini, give their candid impressions about the creative journey they’ve embarked on together.