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N films I suspect Last Days is my absolute favorite and the one I have seen the most times Usually I eschew novelizations of films and put off reading this one others have complained there is no real reason for this existing but I humbly disagree While it follows the film fairly closely the addition of the narrative portions is as witty hyper articulate and revealing as the dialogue of his urban haute bourgeoisie in Whitman s own phraseology characters The addition of a few deleted scenes and the final 30 page epilogue are reason enough for spending time in their company Although the conceit of this being written BY the character of Jimmy Steinway doesn t always work a LOT of it just seems related via an omniscient narrator it is still uite clever when it DOES work Interesting side note I once met the actor who played Jimmy Mackenzie Astin at an awards ceremony my company gave honoring his mother Patty Duke and told him this was one of my favorite films of all time he thanked me but I could tell he was thinking You re crazy The story of a group of recent college graduates in the early 80s who spend a ot of time dancing to disco and being a bit talky Sounds terrible when written so plainly The Nazi Revolution like thatAs pretty much everyone who reads this book must be I am a big fan of Whit Stillman s films and the premise of a novelisation of one of his movies as written by one of the characters from the movie was too much to resist As a novelisation it is fine who really needs a novelisation anyway The concept certainly puts it above your basic Max Allan Collins cuts a Hollywood script to smithereens and adds some inner monologue padding fare As a movie it is witty and poignant and seemingly forgotten already As a novel I didn t enjoy it so muchOf course separating the novel from the movie is always a difficult task and this is made worse by being almost a transcript of the movie with a few new ideas thrown in to make the narrative conceit work If you haven t seen the movie there s a 50% chance youl be able to enjoy this novel if you have seen the movie I can t see what extra you might take from this apart from getting to interact with all your friends once Unnecessary is the word that comes to mind first with this one Yes a novel by Whit Stillman You either Bloods a Rover (American Underworld Trilogy love him or hate him and rarely is a divisive figure so kindly and proper He is a filmmaker Metropolitan Barcelona The Last Days of Disco and Damsels in Distress all comedies of manners chronicling young wildly articulate cerebral East Coast preps and misfits Despite being a regular old Midwestern girl I cherish these movies and their neurotic yet joyous protagonists So it was easy for me toove The Last Days of Disco with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterward It is a meta novelization of his best movie If this sounds ike a good time to you you re ike me and you should read i Stillman s elegant innocent melancholy book adaptation and expansion of his subtle and underrated film is really something to be savored as a work of its own Vastly enlarging the dimensions of the character of Jimmy Steinway from his relatively supporting role in the film Stillman weaves a comedy of manners that recalls Forster and Austen at their finest moments only set in the upper class apartments of early 1980 s New York a time that now seems almost as removed as Edwardian England or the early 19th century Between episodes of arch comedy he drops nuggets of poignant wisdom about the nature of romance at various points in one s Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, life and how we all meet and fall inove with somebody who no matter where our Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet life takes us or theirs takes them we can t help but remain drawn to evenong past what we know to be the end of our chance with them The characters are deftly but economically drawn emerging with each page rather than appearing full formed all at once with minor figures suddenly becoming important and major ones suddenly vanishing to the background as often happens in real Arise life Life a fine wine to be enjoyed with the right people at the right time in yourife it Archies Americana, Vol. 1 ll make youong for your early twenties whenever those were and a moment in time when all you cared about was social politics having a good time and trying to be The Book Thief likable to yourself and the one person you always wished you would meet An exceedingly rare book this autographed copy bought at a second hand store for a mere 4 wasent to me by a work colleague based on his admiration for the film of approximately the same name I E for Alice Kinnon the boyfriendless social failure from Hampshire College whose uite charm detonated a bitter rivalry between him and four of his Harvard classmates He also sets the record straight about the beautiful passionate painfully candid Charlotte PingreeSet primarily in Manhattan in the early 1980s but spanning two continents and two decades The Last Days of Disco with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards redresses the wrongs done these characters and this period while helping to ameliorate the comic novel shortage in the world today.
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Ade Whit Stillman is one of America s great cult filmmakers In the Talk to Me last 24 years he has written and directed four indie movies and published this novel based on his 1998 film The Last Days of Disco He s met with critical acclaim one Oscar nomination two films in the Criterion Collection but has never become widely popular Several of his films were financial flops and the novel is out of printWhich is really a shame because it s aovely entry in the kinda pretentious young people coming of age in the big city genre The setting is Manhattan circa 1980 The characters work in crappy jobs and Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, live in crappier apartments but asong as they can dance till dawn at the hottest nightclub in town everything seems beautiful They fall in Educating for the New World Order love and break up and overanalyze one another s motivations and try to figure out the proper way toive in the world as an adult Of course one of the major charms of Stillman s films is his dialogue and the novel faithfully reproduces classic scenes Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock like the one in which a character argues that Lady and the Tramp programs women to adore jerks But Stillman s voice shows through even in the narrative sections Eg describing the aftermath of a fight outside the Club The cops jumped out but it was almost all over except for the mercurochrome There are also plenty of good moments in the novel that don t appear in the film I couldn t stopaughing when I read the scene where Alice our modest and virtuous heroine kicks a dog while jogging in Central ParkSo you can think of this book as something ike the DVD extras or deleted scenes from The Last Days of Disco but I even think it s good enough to stand on its own If you didn t know better you could almost think that it s a minor classic novel that got turned into an indie film rather than the other way around I know I said it s a shame this book is out of print but I also feel ike that somehow adds to its mystiue After all it s a story about the rare precious fleeting moments of one s young adulthood so it s oddly appropriate that this book should be a rare and precious object itselfCorrection records show that of Stillman s four films only The Last Days of Disco Mr. Malcolms List lost moneyCorrection this scene actually does appear in the film but it seems not as memorably or emphatically as in the novel Highly recommended for the diehard fans who may enjoy seeing Kate Beckinsale s Charlotte Pingree master of the backhanded compliment handled in her own style of sharply ualified praise Who are they Charlie s Angels a woman in the crowd complained There was in fact a resemblance between the three roommates and the stars of the television show Charlie s Angels which featured three beautiful detectives getting into aot of exciting adventures Charlotte GURPS Conspiracy X looked particularlyike the actress Jaclyn Smith though in a East Coast Publisher s Row version Just One Golden Kiss less fit complexion pastier hair flatter tense but still greatookingThe conceit of Stillman s novelization of his 1998 cult classic is that one of the characters Jimmy Steinway Charlotte s ex having become something of a writer in the years after the movie s action the very early eighties signs a contract with the production company to novelize the screenplay to which he adds memories and reflections that convey rather elegantly the kind of information fans normally get in a DVD commentary track or other such bonus feature In Jimmy s telling there s exposition a number of added or extended scenes all of them surprising or conseuential and amusing digressions on fashion music dancing nightclub acoustics The Tyranny of Guilt la forme d un ville and the manners of the milieu I was disappointed then relieved that the epilogue did not detail the characters afterlife Beyond a few revelations one could infer from the ending Josh and Alice marry the raffish nocturnal Des makes a career in nightlife going from a nightclub flunky to owner of successful cocktailounges and Jimmy stays in advertising writing mostly for his desk drawer Stillman keeps his characters on film in the very early eighties As is righthttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvuE2rL Uniue mix of the feel good and the heartbreaking Deeply civilized and iterate this is exactly what the modern novel should be an extension of the classical tradition while knowingly postmodernist at the same time obliuely commenting on the state of society without a eft handed axe to grind delicate and modest but unselfconscious A work of art 45 rounded up Admittedly a huge fan of all now five Whit Stillma. D “deft funny and improbably touching” with results that are even defter funnier and improbably poignantJimmy Steinway the “Dancing Adman” of The Last Days of Disco and we Eat Your Way Through the USA later discover a frustrated desk drawer novelist gets hisucky break when Castle Rock Entertainment unable to find anyone else to write a novelization of the movie reluctantly gives the assignment to him Jimmy struggles to bring to My Dirty Janitor Book 4 light the true origins of the story at Kate Preston’s party in Sag Harbor and the fast then slow then fast again unfolding of hisov.
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I adore Whit Stillman s movies so it pains me to give this book such a bad review But the truth is that it fails to enrich deepen or supplement the world brought to Stories from Spain / Historias de España life in the film of the same name Instead it tediously reenacts transcribes might be a better word the events of the film Line byine Shot by shot Scene by scene There s one or two new bits thrown in but they re few and far betweenThis narrative approach forces Stillman into some very clumsy maneuvers And he doesn t do himself any favors by adopting the first person voice of Jimmy Steinway who in order to follow the action of the screenplay must serve double duty as a participant in the action and as a uasi omniscient narratorIt s hard to believe these shortcomings could have escaped an artist with Stillman s critical acumen and storytelling prowess Perhaps the book was rushed to press But at Spanish-American Short Stories / Cuentos hispanoamericanos least this misguided effort doesn t diminish the greatness of his films The Last Days of Disco was theast Whit Stillman film to be made but it was the very first one I saw and for years the only one I knew I saw it at the Avon during a summer writing program at Brown when I was still in high school Back home I bought it on VHS the first time I saw it for sale and good thing too as it doesn t seem to have stuck around Broken Bear long In college my roommates all remember a mythical DVD but no one can agree on who owned it and no one can find it to this day It was released on DVD a brand new format back then but it uickly went out of print and from what I can tell it s never been re released It s not even on Netflix you can check The movie is the only reason I still own a VHS playerMy point As you can no doubt tell I am obsessed with The Last Days of Disco as I am with all of Stillman s films So when an errant Google search for a DVD turned up a novelisation of the book I oress Enna Burning lost my mind for several minutesIt wasn t as difficult as I thought toocate a used copy of the book nothing compared to my ongoing search for a DVD When I began to read it my expectations were actually very Hatter low Few enough people seemed to know of the movie so I figured the book some terrible precursor to the film must have been terrible I wound upiking it almost than the film itselfFor one thing the book is not something Stillman wrote in between films and then redid as a screenplay He wrote it after the film had come out and he actually works the existence of the film into the book itself In the opening the narrator Jimmy Steinway who is a relatively minor character in the film explains that he and the rest of his old friends had recently been reunited by a screening of Whit s film based on their days in the early 80s and that he d decided to now write this book as a sort of rebuttal of the film and a continuation of the tale This Paint the Wind little post modern twist sucked me in within the early pages and never stopped being amusingStillman does a great job of using forgettable Jimmy to explain the real story from his perspective on the sidelines Jimmy becomes a bit of a Nick Carraway character revolving around the real story that was told in the film There are scenes of course that he has no access to and Stillman cleverly works around these holes with excerpts or paraphrases from short stories written by one of the other characters Alice whoater becomes a book editor Jimmy takes the story back to a Hamptons gathering where the characters met which is only briefly mentioned in the film There are scenes that follow which are taken directly from the dialogue in the screenplay but Jimmy adds his own descriptions and nuance to these moments making them seem new to a reader Wayne like me who has essentially memorized the film over many repeated watchingsI don t know that I d recommend the book over the film exactly but I see no reason to choose The book does aot of work in moments where the film The Perfect Resume leaves things unsaid Through exposition and Jimmy s various internal thoughts much can be done that is not possible on a screen Still the film stands on it s own absolutely and Il always think of it before the book Stillman is a novelist s filmmaker to be sure and now I can bemoan his ack of follow up books as well as filmsPS Noah Baumbach it appears can also write as well as direct After reading this book I promptly ordered Doomed Bourgeoisie in Love a collection of essays on Stillman s films Someday I WILL teach a class on them Apparently this was the one ine pitch he used when trying to get Metropolitan Opposites do attract but is that really such a good ideaWhit Stillman has won international acclaim as one of the wittiest most original filmmakers of his generation “the Balzac of the ironic class the Dickens of people with too much inner ife” in the words of Stephen Hunter in The Washington Post Now twisting the film novelization genre in an entirely new direction Stillman has produced something eually fresh and surprising a novel based on the characters and events touched on in The Last Days of Disco the movie The New York Times calle.
Whit Stillman born John Whitney Stillman is an Academy Award nominated American writer director known for his sly depictions of the urban haute bourgeoisie as he terms the upper class WASPs of the US socio cultural elite