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Whit Stillman is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 25 january 1952 at New York City (USA)

Whit Stillman

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Birth name John Whitney Stillman
Nationality USA
Birth 25 january 1952 (72 years) at New York City (USA)

John Whitney "Whit" Stillman (born January 25, 1952) is an American writer-director known for his sly depictions of the "urban haute bourgeoisie." He is perhaps best known for his 1990 film Metropolitan, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and the 1998 romantic drama The Last Days of Disco.

Biography

Formation
Whit Stillman est né en 1952 et a grandi à Cornwall, dans l'État de New York. Fils d'un politicien démocrate de Washington DC. Son parrain est le sociologue E. Digby Baltzell . Ses parents étant divorcé, il vit avec sa mère dans un appartement modeste. Whit Stillman est diplômé de Harvard en 1973. Il commence comme journaliste à Manhattan, New York. Il rencontre celle qui deviendra sa femme au Studio 54, boite de nuit mythique qui va l'inspirer pour son futur film et roman. En 1980, il épouse sa femme en Espagne. Il travaillera à Barcelone et Madrid comme agent de vente pour les administrateurs Fernando Trueba et Fernando Colomo .


Metropolitan
Whit Stillman a écrit le scénario de Metropolitan entre 1984 et 1988. Il financera le film par la vente de son appartement (pour 50 000$) et avec l'aide de ses amis et parents. Librement inspiré d'événements réels Metropolitan raconte l'histoire de l'aliéné Tom Townsend introduit à la "Sally Fowler Rat Pack" (SFRP), un petit groupe de BCBG qui fait le tour des bals. Pour le tournage, bon nombre des lieux ont été prêtées à Whit Stillman par des amis de la famille et des proches. Le réalisateur Américain est nommé pour un Academy Award en 1991 pour l'Oscar du meilleur scénario original. Il remporte en 1990 le New York Film Critics Circle Award pour la meilleure réalisation.


Barcelona
Barcelona, est son premier film financé par un studio. Il s'inspire de sa propre expérience en Espagne cette fois-ci, pendant les années 1980, en abordant l'expérience de la "maladresse" d'être amoureux dans un pays étranger, culturellement et politiquement, opposés à ses valeurs.


Les Derniers Jours du disco
Les Derniers Jours du disco est basé sur les expériences de Stillman dans les discothèque de Manhattan et plus particulièrement le Studio 54. Il raconte ici l'histoire de deux femmes éditrices, à New York, fraîchement sorties de la fac, qui se cherchent et cherchent l'amour en fréquentant les discothèques de la ville.

Après avoir terminé sa trilogie, Whit Stillman quitte la comédie indépendante et écrit une série de scripts à l'étranger. Après la sortie de Les Derniers Jours du disco, il quitte Manhattan et déménage sur l'île Saint-Louis à Paris. Il passe deux ans à Madrid et de retour à New York depuis 2010.


Derniers projets et réalisations
Whit Stillman a déclaré en 2006 qu'il travaillait sur plusieurs scripts inachevés. Il fut un temps pressenti pour diriger une adaptation au cinéma du roman de Christopher Buckley Little Green Men, mais dans une récente interview, Stillman annonce que l'adaptation n'est finalement pas prévue avec lui (elle ne sera d'ailleurs jamais réalisée). On le retrouve en 2011 avec Damsels in Distress, film dans lequel il fait le portrait d'un groupe d'étudiantes sophistiquées, Heather, Violet et Rose, obsédées par la mode, l'hygiène et la danse. Elles sont bien décidées à prodiguer leurs conseils à Lily, fraîchement arrivée à l'Université. Il s'est entouré pour ce film de Greta Gerwig et Adam Brody. En 2016, il réalise Love and Friendship, une adaptation du court roman épistolaire Lady Susan de Jane Austen.

Usually with

Chris Eigeman
Chris Eigeman
(4 films)
John Sloss
John Sloss
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Whit Stillman (7 films)

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Actor

Girl Most Likely, 1h43
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Christopher Fitzgerald, Darren Criss, Natasha Lyonne
Roles Whit Stillman
Rating56% 2.8494952.8494952.8494952.8494952.849495
Imogene (Kristen Wiig) is a struggling playwright, working a low-paying job at a magazine in New York City. After her affluent boyfriend leaves her and she is fired, she stages a suicide attempt in an effort to get her ex's attention and is accidentally discovered by her friend Dara. Held in the hospital on a 5150 (involuntary psychiatric hold), she is eventually released into her estranged mother's (Annette Benning) care where she is taken to her childhood home in New Jersey.

Director

Love & Friendship, 1h32
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin Irlande
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry, Emma Greenwell, Jemma Redgrave
Rating63% 3.197033.197033.197033.197033.19703
Lady Susan Vernon, encore jeune et belle veuve aux mœurs assez scandaleuses, est une femme égoïste et manipulatrice, une mère tyrannique qui cherche à marier à un riche imbécile sa fille de seize ans, Frederica, qu'elle traite avec mépris et cruauté. Frederica, protégée par la lucide Catherine Vernon, belle-sœur de Lady Susan, tombe amoureuse de Reginald De Courcy, le frère de cette dernière. Mais Lady Susan a jeté son dévolu sur lui et compte bien l'épouser elle-même.
Damsels in Distress, 1h39
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about suicide
Actors Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Hugo Becker, Alia Shawkat
Rating57% 2.8977452.8977452.8977452.8977452.897745
Newly transferred college student Lily becomes friends with Violet, Heather and Rose, a clique who run the campus' suicide prevention centre. Over the course of the film, the four girls date less attractive men in order to help the men's confidence; they try to clean up the "unhygenic" Doar Dorm; they clash with the editor of the campus newspaper The Daily Complainer who wants to close down the "elitist" Roman letters fraternities; and finally they try and start a new dance craze, called The Sambola!
The Last Days of Disco, 1h53
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Chris Eigeman, Mackenzie Astin, Tara Subkoff, Robert Sean Leonard
Rating66% 3.347323.347323.347323.347323.34732
In the early 80s Alice Kinnon (Chloë Sevigny) and Charlotte Pingress (Kate Beckinsale), two young Hampshire College graduates. work in a New York publishing house as poorly paid readers. After work they are able to enter an exclusive disco nightclub where Alice is hoping to meet Jimmy Steinway (Mackenzie Astin), who works in advertising and uses the nightclub to entertain clients. Jimmy is ill-tempered because he has been barred from bringing clients to the nightclub and is eventually kicked out by his friend Des McGrath (Chris Eigeman), who works as a manager at the club but whose job is in jeopardy for allowing Jimmy and his clients inside.
Barcelona
Barcelona (1994)
, 1h41
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, Mira Sorvino, Tushka Bergen, Jack Gilpin, Thomas Gibson
Rating69% 3.4949353.4949353.4949353.4949353.494935
The main character in Barcelona is a Chicago salesman named Ted Boynton, who lives and works in the eponymous Spanish city in the early 1980s. Ted's cousin, Fred, a naval officer, unexpectedly comes to stay with Ted at the beginning of the film. Fred has been sent to Barcelona to handle public relations on behalf of a U.S. fleet scheduled to arrive later.
Metropolitan, 1h38
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Carolyn Farina, Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, Isabel Gillies, Will Kempe
Rating72% 3.6465053.6465053.6465053.6465053.646505
Shot on location in Manhattan and Long Island, the movie depicts the lives of young, well-educated upper-class New Yorkers (or, as one character calls them, the "urban haute bourgeoisie") home on winter break from their first year of college during debutante ball season.
Metropolitan, 1h14
Directed by Richard Boleslawski, Whit Stillman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Virginia Bruce, Chris Eigeman, Alice Brady, Carolyn Farina, Cesar Romero, Thurston Hall
Rating66% 3.327373.327373.327373.327373.32737
Le film dépeint la vie des jeunes de la haute société newyorkaise dans les quartiers de Manhattan et Long Island.

Scriptwriter

Love & Friendship, 1h32
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin Irlande
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry, Emma Greenwell, Jemma Redgrave
Roles Writer
Rating63% 3.197033.197033.197033.197033.19703
Lady Susan Vernon, encore jeune et belle veuve aux mœurs assez scandaleuses, est une femme égoïste et manipulatrice, une mère tyrannique qui cherche à marier à un riche imbécile sa fille de seize ans, Frederica, qu'elle traite avec mépris et cruauté. Frederica, protégée par la lucide Catherine Vernon, belle-sœur de Lady Susan, tombe amoureuse de Reginald De Courcy, le frère de cette dernière. Mais Lady Susan a jeté son dévolu sur lui et compte bien l'épouser elle-même.
Damsels in Distress, 1h39
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about suicide
Actors Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Hugo Becker, Alia Shawkat
Roles Writer
Rating57% 2.8977452.8977452.8977452.8977452.897745
Newly transferred college student Lily becomes friends with Violet, Heather and Rose, a clique who run the campus' suicide prevention centre. Over the course of the film, the four girls date less attractive men in order to help the men's confidence; they try to clean up the "unhygenic" Doar Dorm; they clash with the editor of the campus newspaper The Daily Complainer who wants to close down the "elitist" Roman letters fraternities; and finally they try and start a new dance craze, called The Sambola!
The Last Days of Disco, 1h53
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Chris Eigeman, Mackenzie Astin, Tara Subkoff, Robert Sean Leonard
Roles Writer
Rating66% 3.347323.347323.347323.347323.34732
In the early 80s Alice Kinnon (Chloë Sevigny) and Charlotte Pingress (Kate Beckinsale), two young Hampshire College graduates. work in a New York publishing house as poorly paid readers. After work they are able to enter an exclusive disco nightclub where Alice is hoping to meet Jimmy Steinway (Mackenzie Astin), who works in advertising and uses the nightclub to entertain clients. Jimmy is ill-tempered because he has been barred from bringing clients to the nightclub and is eventually kicked out by his friend Des McGrath (Chris Eigeman), who works as a manager at the club but whose job is in jeopardy for allowing Jimmy and his clients inside.
Barcelona
Barcelona (1994)
, 1h41
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, Mira Sorvino, Tushka Bergen, Jack Gilpin, Thomas Gibson
Rating69% 3.4949353.4949353.4949353.4949353.494935
The main character in Barcelona is a Chicago salesman named Ted Boynton, who lives and works in the eponymous Spanish city in the early 1980s. Ted's cousin, Fred, a naval officer, unexpectedly comes to stay with Ted at the beginning of the film. Fred has been sent to Barcelona to handle public relations on behalf of a U.S. fleet scheduled to arrive later.
Metropolitan, 1h38
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Carolyn Farina, Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, Isabel Gillies, Will Kempe
Roles Writer
Rating72% 3.6465053.6465053.6465053.6465053.646505
Shot on location in Manhattan and Long Island, the movie depicts the lives of young, well-educated upper-class New Yorkers (or, as one character calls them, the "urban haute bourgeoisie") home on winter break from their first year of college during debutante ball season.
Metropolitan, 1h14
Directed by Richard Boleslawski, Whit Stillman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Virginia Bruce, Chris Eigeman, Alice Brady, Carolyn Farina, Cesar Romero, Thurston Hall
Rating66% 3.327373.327373.327373.327373.32737
Le film dépeint la vie des jeunes de la haute société newyorkaise dans les quartiers de Manhattan et Long Island.

Producer

Love & Friendship, 1h32
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin Irlande
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry, Emma Greenwell, Jemma Redgrave
Roles Producer
Rating63% 3.197033.197033.197033.197033.19703
Lady Susan Vernon, encore jeune et belle veuve aux mœurs assez scandaleuses, est une femme égoïste et manipulatrice, une mère tyrannique qui cherche à marier à un riche imbécile sa fille de seize ans, Frederica, qu'elle traite avec mépris et cruauté. Frederica, protégée par la lucide Catherine Vernon, belle-sœur de Lady Susan, tombe amoureuse de Reginald De Courcy, le frère de cette dernière. Mais Lady Susan a jeté son dévolu sur lui et compte bien l'épouser elle-même.
Damsels in Distress, 1h39
Directed by Whit Stillman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about suicide
Actors Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Hugo Becker, Alia Shawkat
Roles Producer
Rating57% 2.8977452.8977452.8977452.8977452.897745
Newly transferred college student Lily becomes friends with Violet, Heather and Rose, a clique who run the campus' suicide prevention centre. Over the course of the film, the four girls date less attractive men in order to help the men's confidence; they try to clean up the "unhygenic" Doar Dorm; they clash with the editor of the campus newspaper The Daily Complainer who wants to close down the "elitist" Roman letters fraternities; and finally they try and start a new dance craze, called The Sambola!