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Doomed Bourgeois in Love : Essays on the Films of Whit Stillman
Critics have praised the films of writer-director Whit Stillman for their exceptionally intelligent portrayal of the lives and loves of the "urban haute bourgeoisie." His three comedies of manners -- Metropolitan, Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco -- sparkle with urbane and ironic wit. In Doomed Bourgeois in Love, the cultural critic Mark C. Henrie brings together a co ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
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See, this book has me torn. On the one hand, it's a collection of pedantic, over-analytical essays composed by middling associate professors hailing from no-name midwestern liberal arts colleges. Which is to say, prepare to give your facial muscles a good workout from frequent cringing. On the other hand, Whit Stillman's three films are among my favorites, and because they are sort of nerdy, dialogue-heavy, and literate, they are not the worst subjects for academic treatment. And I'll be damned ...more
Jul 12, 2009 Ed rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: kate heeringa
Great insights into one of my favorite directors: Whit Stillman who made Metropolitan, Barcelona and the Last Days of Disco. This book gives really interesting insights into both the movies and a certain conservative mindset that is so far beyond the current yahooery as to be a different belief system. Interesting comedy of manners, the Jane Austen of its day interesting analyzed from many sides in varied essays