(out of 5)

Whit Stillman took the art house by storm with this witty and intelligent social drama. It takes place in the world of New York debutantes of the 1970s (though attempts at period authenticity are lax), with a group of socialites gossiping about each other for two hours. The protagonist of the story is a less-than-wealthy young man who is anxious to be accepted by the in-crowd, though their backstabbing personalities eventually make him grow weary and lose his desperation to be so readily accepted. You wouldn’t think a movie that is nothing but straight dialogue would be so entertaining, but this one is. Stillman has yet to top his debut.

Westerly Films, Allagash Films, Westerly Film

USA, 1990

Directed by 

Screenplay by Whit Stillman

Cinematography by 

Produced by Whit Stillman

Music by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1990


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