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Catching up with Whit Stillman

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Metropolitan_lHard to believe 10 years have passed since the release of The Last Days of Disco, the most recent film by Whit Stillman, one of his witty dramedies about young bluebloods swimming upstream against history and navigating the rocky shoals of class, money, and sex. (This one starred a couple of rising starlets named Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale.) Since 1998, we’ve waited in vain for the next Stillman movie. Last week, he emerged in this IFC interview to explain what he’s been up to for the last decade (mostly, living in Europe and seeing various projects stall over lack of financing). Here’s hoping that his most promising back-burnered movie, a musical drama set in 1960s Jamaica called Dancing Mood, finds a backer, as I’ll be fascinated to see what Stillman can do outside his usual milieu. Meanwhile, he notes, his first film, 1990’s thoroughly delightful Jane Austen-esque Metropolitan (pictured), is now streaming for free at Hulu. You can watch the entire movie below, after the jump.

addCredit(“Metropolitan: Everett Collection”)