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Department of English faculty Devoney Looser and Kevin Sandler will moderate a conversation with writer-director Whit Stillman after a screening of his 1990 film Metropolitan.
Audiences may be most familiar with Stillman's award-winning, Jane Austen-inspired 2016 film, Love and Friendship, which starred Kate Beckinsdale as the deliciously awful widow, Lady Susan. Stillman has had a long, fruitful relationship with reimagining Austen for contemporary audiences. He describes himself as a long-time Austenite ("among the most fervent") and had previously revisited Austen material in his Mansfield Park-influenced Metropolitan. Shot on location in Manhattan and Long Island, the film 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. Stillman, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for the film, is also the writer-director of three other films, including Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco, and Damsels in Distress.
Free parking for this event is available at Tempe's City Hall Parking Garage. Validate your ticket at the concession stand.
Part of the ASU Film and Media Studies Guest Speaker Series, Stillman's visit is sponsored by the Department of English and the Division of Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU. Stillman will also read from his novel Love and Friendship at Changing Hands Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd) on Monday, Mar. 27 at 7 p.m.