Damsel Digs 10 years ago Damsels In Distress
After a 14 year gap Whit Stillman is back and better than ever with a witty film cutely titled Damsels in Distress. The flick is about a group of damsels who attend a fictional east coast college whose goal is to “rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.” Reviewing the film for the New Yorker, Anthony Lane describes Stillman as a kind of “preppy Prospero, putting his enchanted snobs through their paces. I couldn’t agree more and I love that about this film.
To me the awkward mannerisms of each of the 4 “damsel” characters is what makes them beautiful. “I’ve always loved very opinionated, talkative, funny, dominant women characters,” says director, Whit Stillman. But the damsels in this film aren’t just “funny and dominant.” I was thrilled to hear where Stillman came up with the idea for Damsels In Distress:
“The idea came from a group of girls I’d heard about who were at Harvard after I was there,” says Stillman “I went back and heard about these girls who sought to revolutionize social life in their set. Everyone thought they were cool. It was very, very grungy when I was there, very political, very depressing. These girls dressed up, wore strong French perfumes, had parties. Everyone had a good time.”
Not only do I love snobs (in a funny way), but I equally love those who put them in their place. Stillman: A++.
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** Be Sure To Check Out DAMSELS IN DISTRESS tonight, April 6th **