Whit Stillman

Metropolitan

Metropolitan

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.

Film Info

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

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

A Whit Stillman Trilogy: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco

A Whit Stillman Trilogy: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Collector's Set

A Whit Stillman Trilogy: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco

A Whit Stillman Trilogy: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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

Metropolitan
Cast
Carolyn Farina
Audrey Rouget
Edward Clements
Tom Townsend
Taylor Nichols
Charlie Black
Christopher Eigeman
Nick Smith
Allison Rutledge-Parisi
Jane Clark
Dylan Hundley
Sally Fowler
Isabel Gillies
Cynthia McLean
Bryan Leder
Fred Neff
Will Kempe
Rick Von Sloneker
Elizabeth Thompson
Serena Slocum
Credits
Director
Whit Stillman
Written and produced by
Whit Stillman
Cinematography
John Thomas
Edited by
Christopher Tellefsen
Music
Mark Suozzo
With original music by
Tom Judson
Line producer
Brian Greenbaum
Coproducer
Peter Wentworth
Costume design
Mary Jane Fort
Sound
Antonio Arroyo
Sound editor
Jay Kessel
Makeup
Susan Dexter
And additional music by
Jock Davis
And additional music by
Billy Jokes
And additional music by
Joe B. Warner

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