One of the great American independent films of the 1990s, writer-director Whit Stillman's surprise hit Metropolitan
is a sparkling comedic chronicle of a middle-class young man's romantic misadventures among New York City's debutante society. Stillman's deft, literate dialogue and hilariously highbrow observations earned this debut film an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Alongside the wit and sophistication, though, lies a tender tale of adolescent anxiety.
â€¢ New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas
â€¢ Audio commentary by Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols
â€¢ Rare outtakes and alternate casting, with commentary by Stillman
â€¢ Optional English subtitles for the deaf and heard of hearing
â€¢ A new essay by author and film scholar Luc SanteCriterionforum.org user rating averages
Oh, dammit. What did I used to say I'd do if Criterion released a Whit Stillman film? Set myself on fire? Sell all my Criterions? Whatever it was, I hope nobody holds me to it.
I do believe it was both.
While I'm not nearly as anti-Stillman as Matt, and seemingly a good half of the people who've seen his films, I am more miffed about the lack of similar "respect" shown to just as obvious, and to my mind much more deserving, contemporary American directors/movies such as David O. Russell's Spanking The Monkey
and Todd Solondz first three efforts (only on VHS or non-anamorphic DVD).
And yes, of course, I'm well aware that at least some of those may well be owned by companies who don't license to Criterion.