Last Days of Disco

Last Days of Disco

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Director: Whit Stillman

Cast: Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Eigeman

     
 

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As another installment of Whit Stillman's trilogy, The Last Days of Disco fits chronologically between Metropolitan (1990) and Barcelona (1994), with several cameos overlapping and linking the films. During "the very early 1980s," friends gather at a popular Manhattan disco club reminiscent of Studio 54, where getting past the velvet ropes andSee more details below

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Overview

As another installment of Whit Stillman's trilogy, The Last Days of Disco fits chronologically between Metropolitan (1990) and Barcelona (1994), with several cameos overlapping and linking the films. During "the very early 1980s," friends gather at a popular Manhattan disco club reminiscent of Studio 54, where getting past the velvet ropes and inside was the first step. Edgy ad-exec Jimmy (Mackenzie Astin) can sometimes get his clients in with the help of the club's womanizing assistant manager, his pal Des (Chris Eigeman), who lets them enter via the rear door. Beautiful brunette Charlotte (Kate Beckinsale) and her former college classmate Alice (Chloe Sevigny) move about the club during the 24-minute opening club sequence. Attorney Tom (Robert Sean Leonard) takes an interest in calm, reserved Alice. Both Alice and the opinionated, assertive Charlotte hold day jobs as entry-level editorial associates at a small book publisher. With Holly (Tara Subkoff) as a third roommate, the trio rents a railroad flat in the Manhattan's Yorkville neighborhood. Charlotte throws dinner parties in an effort to solidify a social circle as an alternative to "the ferocious pairing off" around her.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
Whit Stillman films are known for being chock-full of smart, snappy dialogue and little else, and The Last Days of Disco tinkers with that formula only slightly. The third installment of Stillman's "Yuppie" trilogy, along with Metropolitan and Barcelona, finds the same character types discussing the same issues, although this time the setting is the dawning Reagan years when disco is going down for the count. Stillman uses the closing of a disco palace to delve into the drug and sex themes and symbolize the end of an era, and his main obstacle this time around is that his characters are all designed to be rather unlikable, which is a big hurdle to overcome. Kate Beckinsale, American accent in tow, is one of the more disagreeable women to grace the screen but she delivers some of the best lines in the film. Chloe Sevigny, on hand as the moral center, tries to garnish what sympathy the audience is willing to give but can't quite muster it. Stillman regular Christopher Eigeman more or less reprises his roles from the earlier films, but he too has some terrific one-liners. Even those who appear to be above the fray, like MacKenzie Astin and Robert Sean Leonard have their downsides. Everyone in this film seems way too intellectual to be true, which doesn't help matters much, but Stillman is so good at manipulating the situations that their flaws actually become hypnotic. In perhaps one of the subtlest ways imaginable, each character represents the death of disco. Surprisingly for a Stillman film, it's a bit of a downer. However, the soundtrack alone is enough to make one wistful for the days of mirror balls.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
UPC:
0715515048217
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
12,368

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring Stillman and actors Chloë Sevigny and Chris Eigeman; Four deleted scenes with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Sevigny; Audio recording of Stillman reading a chapter from his book The Last Days of Disco, with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Stills gallery with captions by Stillman; Original theatrical trailer; An essay by novelist David Schickler

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chloë Sevigny Alice
Kate Beckinsale Charlotte
Christopher Eigeman Des
Matt Keeslar Josh
MacKenzie Astin Jimmy
Matthew Ross Dan
Tara Subkoff Holly
Burr Steers Van
David Thornton Bernie
Jaid Barrymore Tiger Lady
Michael Weatherly Hap
Robert Sean Leonard Tom
Jennifer Beals Nina
Carlos Jacott Dog walker

Technical Credits
Whit Stillman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Kerry Barden Casting
Scott Breindel Sound/Sound Designer
John Carrafa Choreography
Cas Donovan Asst. Director
Sarah Edwards Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Hafitz Editor
Billy Hopkins Casting
John Thomas Cinematographer
Jay Pires Editor
Edmon Roch Co-producer
Cecilia Kate Roque Co-producer
John Sloss Executive Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Paul Soucek Sound Editor
Mark Suozzo Score Composer
Ginger Tougas Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Last Days of Disco
1. Logos / Opening Credits [1:26]
2. Arriving in Style [4:15]
3. Disco Coffee Shop [3:32]
4. Too Depressed to Dance [7:27]
5. Vodka Tonics a Cliché [7:25]
6. Sexy Scrooge McDuck [3:22]
7. Book Publishing [7:07]
8. Dan Gets In [3:25]
9. Sacks of Cash [1:18]
10. Charlotte Rebuffs Josh [3:54]
11. Chapter 11 [3:12]
12. Kill. Yuppie. Scum. [6:49]
13. At Rex's [3:52]
14. Ferocious Pairing Off [2:43]
15. Alice's Best Seller [2:41]
16. Josh Warns Des [4:57]
17. VD Strikes [5:31]
18. Death to Disco [4:59]
19. Lady and the Tramp [2:10]
20. "Women Prefer Bad" [5:09]
21. An Investigation, Des" [5:02]
22. Breakfast & Lunch [4:35]
23. Alice-Josh Date [1:51]
24. "Amazing Grace" [3:21]
25. "Book This Clown" [4:11]
26. "To Thine Own Self" [4:44]
27. Unemployment All [4:37]

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