Whit Stillman Turns To Amazon Original Series With THE COSMOPOLITANSSeptember 22, 2014
On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and TV Series on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: THE COSMOPOLITANS (television pilot exclusively on Amazon Instant Video).
If films made families, Whit Stillman would have fathered twin boys in Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, and Greta Gerwig would be Chloë Sevigny’s little sister. Reality might not be that far off.
Beginning in 1990 with METROPOLITAN, the Oscar-nominated study of collegiate Manhattanite anti-characters, Whit Stillman launched a genre focused on the unusual burdens of existence suffered by the class of the young and privileged. He never tipped his hand to reveal his contempt for his characters, and – no surprise – only a limited audience got it. Most of that audience was in Manhattan.
Fast forward through his next film, BARCELONA, a story only really accessible to Americans who lived abroad and encountered anti-US political and philosophical sentiment (Other countries are critical of the US?!), and end at THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, a film where his characters finally grew up, albeit because Studio 54 closed. (The more recent and long-anticipated DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (2011) was unfortunately the STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE to the minor masterpiece of his original trilogy.) Thankfully, when Whit went on hiatus from filmmaking, Wes picked up with RUSHMORE and THE ROYAL TENEBAUMS, Noah with THE SQUID AND THE WHALE. Certainly any fan of these films would love Whit’s writing and direction.
THE COSMOPOLITANS (Amazon Studios)
Mr. Stillman’s latest offering, THE COSMOPOLITANS, tries to re-experience his favorite dinner in New York 25 years ago, by eating brunch at its sister restaurant in Paris today.