Archives / 1990 Sundance Film Festival

Metropolitan

Director: Whit Stillman

Screenwriters: Whit Stillman

Institute History

Description

Metropolitan has the pleasure of being both serious and cleverly ironic; it's very European in flavor, much like an Eric Rohmer "moral tale" of contemporary life, but directed at our own "lost generation."

A group of college-age children of the former upper class gather nightly in a sprawling Park Avenue apartment after their usual party or dance is over. Accidentally they meet and pull into the group Tom (Edward Clements),ashy young man who's drawn to, out professes to be-repulsed by, their attitudes and life-style.

With confidence and charm, Metropolitan succeeds at once on two crucial levels: that of its characters, each full and distinct; and the level of warm, detached irony. Director Whit Stillman is close to his characters-hut not so close that he can't see their lot as doomed, doomed to fail upwards as their class background indicates. Metropolitan is, in fact, quite devastating in its critique, the first film to portray with accurate rhetorical detail the surviving remnants of a world best described in F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise.



Saturday, January 20 4:00p.m.
Egyptian Theater

Sunday, January 21 1:00 p.m.
Prospector Square Theatre

Tuesday, January 23 7:00p.m.
Sundance Screening Room

Friday, January 28 7:15 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema II

Saturday, January 27 1:00 p.m.
Egyptian Theatre

$5.00

— Tony Safford

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