The Last Days of Disco 1998


Whit Stillman’s brand of talky, literate, character-driven films has never produced anything less than scintillating; this 1998 film is an ideal starting point for anyone yet to be charmed by his creations. Set in the waning years of the disco phenomenon, Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny are two free-spirited girls whose life revolves around clubbing in a Manhattan, Studio 54 style establishment. Fans of Stillman’s work will relish the crisp dialogue and defiance of cliché; recurring characters also pop up from his earlier films Metropolitan and Barcelona. And the disco soundtrack is lovingly chosen; rather than go for cheap laughs, Stillman captures the moment as his characters focus on the detail of their personal dramas oblivious to the bigger picture of cultural chance. Jennifer Beals and Robert Sean Leonard co-star in this cheerful, delightful film.


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