Whit Stillman: Not so long ago

In five films, from his debut ‘Metropolitan’ (1990) through to his “Jane Austen” film, ‘Love & Friendship’ (2015), Whit Stillman has established himself as the prince of contemporary American comedy. Betting on the elegance, intelligence, and love of his characters rather than their derision, Stillman’s comedic genius lies in his brilliant, snappy dialogue and clear-cut direction, which focuses on the lives of his characters, the speed of their thoughts, and the subtlety of their emotions. Offering a range of unique perspectives on Stillman’s oeuvre, this book brings together essays by critics and filmmakers, plus archival documents, a career-spanning interview, and personal writings.