Whit Stillman


Whit Stillman was born in New York City, New York, United States on January 25th, 1952 and is the Director. At the age of 72, Whit Stillman biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 25, 1952
United States
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New York City, New York, United States
72 years old
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Film Actor, Film Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter
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Whit Stillman Life

John Whitney Stillman (born January 25, 1952) is an American writer-director known for his 1990 film Metropolitan, which earned him a nomination for Best Original Screenplay and the 1998 romantic drama The Last Days of Disco.

Love & Friendship, his most recent film, was released in 2016.

Early life and education

Stillman was born in Washington, D.C., to Margaret Stillman (née Riley), from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and John Sterling Stillman, an assistant secretary of commerce under President John F. Kennedy (a classmate of Stillman's father at Harvard), by 1952. Stillman grew up in Cornwall, New York, and suffered with depression during puberty. According to The Wall Street Journal, "I was really distraught when I was 11 or 12 years old." "I was sent to the leading Freudian child psychologist in Washington, D.C." It was hell. "I had to worry about sex guilt" as the last thing I needed to worry about. However, when his parents separated, he found that his depression had diminished: "I actually felt better."

E. Digby Baltzell, a University of Pennsylvania professor and a veteran of the American upper class, was Stillman's godfather.

He attended Collegiate School, Potomac School, and Millbrook School, as well as undergraduate studies at Harvard University, where he wrote for The Harvard Crimson.


Whit Stillman Career

Career before filmmaking

Stillman started working as an editorial assistant at Doubleday in New York City and later as a junior editor at The American Spectator, a conservative publication. 41 Stillman has distanced himself from his work for the Spectator, referring to himself in 2012 as "apolitical."

He was introduced to some film makers from Madrid and persuaded them that his films would be distributed to Spanish-language television in the United States. He worked in Madrid and Barcelona for the next two years as a sales agent for directors Fernando Trueba and Fernando Colomo, and in some cases appeared in their films, mainly playing satisfaction Americans in Trueba's film Sal Gorda.


Metropolitan (1990)

While running an illustration company in New York, Stillman wrote the screenplay for Metropolitan from 1984 to 1988, financing the film by offering the insider rights to his apartment (for $50,000) and family contributions. Metropolitan based on Stillman's Manhattan days, with his separated mother during the week of Christmas break 1969 (SFRP), a tiny group of preppy, Upper East Side Manhattanites competing at the first time in college during Christmas break. Despite being a skeptic fundamentalist skeptical of the SFRP's upper-class values, Tom (Edward Clements) becomes more attached to the cynical Nick (Chris Eigeman) and plays a key role in Audrey (Carolyn Farina), a young debutante. Many of the exclusive interior locations were lent to Stillman by family members and relatives.

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At the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, the film premiered and was shown as part of the Directors' Fortnight section. At the 1990 Sundance Film Festival, Metropolitan was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize (Drama). Stillman received Best First Feature at the 6th Independent Spirit Awards in 1991, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He received the 1990 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director. The film was a huge success, grossing $3 million on a $225,000 budget. "The film seemed very rich, almost rank," Stillman said in an interview. And maybe it's better to tackle a topic people are passionate about, even if the initial reaction is mistrust, than something more nuanced and unspecific. In addition, I love anachronism, and this was the opportunity to film, or rather, a costume picture set from the present or recent past. However, a large part of the plan was to mask our pitifully poor budget by filming the most sophisticated subject possible."

Barcelona (1994)

Barcelona, his first film-financed film, was inspired by his own experiences in Spain in the early 1980s. The film has been described as An Officer and a Gentleman, but with the title referring to two guys rather than one. Ted and Fred, the men, learn how being in love in a foreign country culturally and politically different from their own.

The Last Days of Disco (1998)

Stillman's experiences in various Manhattan nightclubs, including Studio 54, were based on his experience. In the disco scene of Manhattan in the 1980s, the film concerns Ivy League and Hampshire graduates who fell in and out of love. Chlo and Kate Beckinsale are roommates with opposite personalities who frequent disco clubs together. The Last Days of Disco concludes a trilogy loosely based on Stillman's life and includes several references to American ad agencies; a character in the Barcelona film The Last Days of Disco follows her as a clubgoer, as do a few other characters from that film. Stillman's novelization of the film titled The Last Days of Disco appeared in 2000, with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards. The novelization received the French 2014 Prix Fitzgerald Award.

In 2006, Stillman said he was working on several unfinished scripts. Stillman had planned to direct a film adaptation of Christopher Buckley's book Little Green Men, but in a 2009 interview, he said the adaptation is "[not] happening, at least with me." Dancing Mood was his second film, which was not published in Jamaica in the 1960s.

Damsels in Distress (2011)

Stillman's fourth film, Damsels in Distress, stars Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Hugo Becker, and Lio Tipton (credited as Analeigh Tipton). The closing film at the 2011 Venice Film Festival premiered on September ten years as the closing film, earning raves. "The film is about three young women at an East Coast university, the transfer student who joins their club, and the young men who become involved with the young men they become attached to."

The Cosmopolitans (2014)

Stillman wrote and directed the pilot episode of Amazon Studios' The Cosmopolitans was published on August 28, 2014, but Amazon Prime readers could watch the pilot episode and vote for a complete series. Stillman was hired by Amazon to produce six new scripts to continue his original pilot film for The Cosmopolitans, which was released on July 11, 2016.

"Our terms with the content provider don't enable the content provider to sell this title at this time," Amazon claims about The Cosmopolitans 2014 (2016-09-25).

Love & Friendship (2016)

Entertainment Weekly announced on January 22, 2016, a film adaptation of one of Jane Austen's early short novels Lady Susan. Following rumors that Richard, Brown and Company would be releasing the screenplay adapted by Stillman, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016 under the name Love & Friendship. Although the film's plot is based on Lady Susan's book, the actual title (Love & Friendship) is from another, unrelated early epistolary book by Austen, which has not been published during her lifetime. Critics lauded it largely for its contribution.

"Last widowed, Lady Susan arrives, unannounced at her brother-in-law's house to put out fetious rumors about her dalliances that are circulating in polite society," the company's promotional note said. When she is there, she's determined to find a new husband for herself, as well as one for her hesitant debutante daughter, Frederica. Lady Susan is embarking on a volatile relationship with a married man, seduction, deception, broken hearts, and rumors, it follows. With a pitch-perfect Austenian sensibility, Stillman gives Austen's work a new lease on life by inserting original narration from a character that is comically faithful to the story's fiendishly manipulative heroine, Lady Susan.


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