Metropolitan Film Still

Metropolitan

Whit Stillman

 
Metropolitan (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1990
  • 99 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #326

One of the great American independent films of the 1990s, the surprise hit Metropolitan, by writer-director Whit Stillman, is a sparkling comedic chronicle of a young man’s romantic misadventures while trying to fit in to New York City’s debutante society. Stillman’s deft, literate dialogue and hilariously highbrow observations earned this first film an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay. Beneath the wit and sophistication, though, lies a tender tale of adolescent anxiety.

Cast

Audrey Rouget Carolyn Farina
Tom Townsend Edward Clements
Charlie BlackTaylor Nichols
Nick Smith Christopher Eigeman
Jane ClarkAllison Rutledge-Parisi
Sally Fowler Dylan Hundley
Cynthia McLean Isabel Gillies
Fred NeffBryan Leder
Rick Von Sloneker Will Kempe
Serena SlocumElizabeth Thompson

Credits

DirectorWhit Stillman
Written and produced byWhit Stillman
CinematographyJohn Thomas
Edited byChristopher Tellefsen
MusicMark Suozzo
With original music byTom Judson
Line producerBrian Greenbaum
CoproducerPeter Wentworth
Costume designMary Jane Fort
SoundAntonio Arroyo
Sound editorJay Kessel
MakeupSusan Dexter
And additional music byJock Davis, Billy Jokes and Joe B. Warner

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and actors Christopher Eigeman and Taylor Nichols
  • Rare outtakes and alternate casting, with commentary by Stillman
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Luc Sante

    Cover illustration by Pierre Le Tan, based on his theatrical poster

Film Essays

Metropolitan: After the Ball

By Luc Sante July 24, 2012

As a movie about debutantes and their dates, Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan came into the world in 1990 looking lonely—and now, well, it looks lonelier yet. At the time, the idea of putting the . . . Read more »

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Repertory Pick: Whit Stillman in Coral Gables

November 26, 2015

December is but a few days away, so it’s an ideal time to revisit Metropolitan, Whit Stillman’s classic holiday tale of New York's “urban haute bourgeoisie.” And this week, the director's . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Metropolitan: After the Ball

By Luc Sante July 24, 2012

As a movie about debutantes and their dates, Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan came into the world in 1990 looking lonely—and now, well, it looks lonelier yet. At the time, the idea of putting the . . . Read more »


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News

Whit Stillman Is Back

March 29, 2011

Attention, all debutantes, disco lovers, and urban haute bourgeoisie: the first film in well over a decade from Whit Stillman—whose comedies of manners Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: The Last Days of Disco

August 27, 2009

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 . . . Read more »

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