“Damsels in Distress”

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

damsels-in-distress03Like Fabrizio, I recently watched Whit Stillman’s latest mocking eulogy for WASP culture and enjoyed it quite a bit. In the DVD commentary Stillman says the budget and shooting style was like his first film Metropolitan and this movie feels like a continuation of that one. That is, a closed-off fantasy world of dim yet hyper-articulate upper-class East Coast white people who speak in epigrams. Stillman likens the movie to an Archie comic, but I doubt Archie ever used anal sex as a plot point, not even in the oblique way Stillman refers to it here.

At the risk of embarrassing myself, I think one of the reason I love Stillman’s films so much is because they shaped my idea of New York City. Scorsese’s low-life Italians, Woody Allen’s neurotic Jews, and Stillman’s silly WASPs each inhabited a different yet idealized version of the city that I fell for.

This is the first movie I’ve seen starring indie darling Greta Gerwig and I thought she was terrific. A graduate of Barnard, she betrayed no difficulty delivering Stillman’s stylized dialogue, even though during the commentary she says, “I felt like I was swimming with cats.”



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7 Responses to “Damsels in Distress”

  1. Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

    I bet you’re one of those playboy operator types.


  2. Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

    I love Gerwig, by the way. I first noticed her in “House of the Devil” (a fun movie if you’re interested). Isn’t she dating Noah Baumbach now? Yick.


    • Blowhard, Esq. says:

      Yeah, Gerwig’s pretty wonderful. I see “House of the Devil” is on Netflix Instant so I’ll hafta check it out. Might be time for me to watch one of the mumblecore movies, too.

      Is there some clause in their contracts that says Indie Darlings can only date other Indie Darlings?


  3. Zimriel says:

    I looked at the four actresses, read the name “Greta Gerwig”, and immediately formed an opinion which of the four was Gerwig.

    Then I went to Google Images and found that I was right. Who could have guessed?

    Gerwig is not a WASP. Purebred Saxon, perhaps . . .


  4. Maule Driver says:

    This all goes right over my head. I’d do all 4 of them (on separate nights) if that counts for anything. Oh, nevermind.

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