Whit Stillman

Whit Stillman’s Sympathetic Aristocrats

By |2018-03-21T06:29:10-06:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Film, Whit Stillman|

The American indie director Whit Stillman has made only five movies, but if you’re an aspiring cineaste, you need to see them all. Focusing exclusively on young members of the upper crust, Mr. Stillman humanizes a class of people typically derided for belonging to the privileged one percent. Mr. Stillman endears audiences to his [...]

Jane Austen & Whit Stillman on Art, Imagination, and Knowledge

By |2018-02-13T23:08:10-06:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Art, Culture, Film, Literature, Whit Stillman|

Art, understood as a medium that engages the imagination and desires of its audience, can lure out aspects of its audience that would otherwise be kept hidden. Awareness of what desires the art excites and how one’s imagination is played upon can afford a perceptive viewer an opportunity to gain knowledge both of himself [...]

Whit Stillman’s “Barcelona” & 1980s America

By |2019-03-10T09:47:47-06:00January 21st, 2017|Categories: Christian Kopff, Featured, Film, Whit Stillman|Tags: , |

Director Whit Stillman understands that America is dominated by a culture that was imported from Europe and is expressed in European tongues and nourished and maintained by contact with Europe… “Amerika, du hast es besser!” Goethe exclaimed. For him America was a land free from the ancient traditions that are Europe’s heritage and curse. [...]

A Holiday Film Festival for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2016-12-28T22:17:38-06:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Film, Star Trek, Superheroes, Whit Stillman|

One way to celebrate the Christmas season and the New Year is to relax with family and friends by coming together around a movie. Here’s a list of suggestions: 1. Rogue One To enjoy this film, you have to go into it realizing that you are not going to see a Star Wars episode. It [...]

Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in “Love & Friendship”

By |2017-07-31T01:08:45-06:00June 16th, 2016|Categories: Art, Beauty, Christopher Morrissey, Featured, Film, Jane Austen, Love, Whit Stillman|

Whit Stillman, in the novel version of his film, Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated, has Lady Susan’s daughter Frederica visit a church at a key moment in the plot. This happens in the film too, but the novel supplies us with some extra information that the [...]

The Vindication of the Fair: “Love & Friendship,” American Style

By |2016-06-08T22:04:00-06:00June 8th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Film, Jane Austen, Love, Marriage, Virtue, Whit Stillman|

Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship is a magnificent Jane Austen adaptation, not least because it conceives of the perfect ending for the unpolished project of Austen’s juvenescence, Lady Susan. This is Jane Austen, and it is a comedy, so of course there must be a wedding at the end. But how does one best [...]

Jane Austen’s Husband-Hunt in Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship”

By |2016-06-03T18:06:34-06:00June 2nd, 2016|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christopher Morrissey, Film, Jane Austen, Love, Marriage, Whit Stillman|

Because Whit Stillman has adapted Jane Austen’s Lady Susan for his new movie, Love & Friendship, it is worth asking the question: Will most people find that Mr. Stillman has discovered, in this early work of Austen, something new and unfamiliar about her, and made it accessible? The question is prompted by the reports [...]

Love & Friendship: Whit Stillman & Jane Austen Contemplate Virtue

By |2016-06-28T00:55:16-06:00May 25th, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, Christopher Morrissey, Featured, Film, Jane Austen, Virtue, Whit Stillman|

Whit Stillman’s new movie, Love & Friendship, is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan. Mr. Stillman takes this piece of Austen juvenilia, an epistolary novella, and fleshes it out into a screenplay faithful to the spirit of Austen. Not only that, but also he has reworked Austen’s story into a novel of his [...]

Clever Comedy: Whit Stillman’s Cosmopolitans

By |2016-11-04T19:18:32-06:00September 4th, 2014|Categories: Film, W. Winston Elliott III, Whit Stillman|

We highly recommend this marvelous pilot episode for The Cosmopolitans, a new series by our friend Whit Stillman. Please watch this witty comedy and take the survey at Amazonoriginals.com so that they will support a complete series. Smart, clever, fun and beautiful cinematography. Well done Mr. Stillman! Read Richard Brody’s review in The New Yorker and [...]

An Evening with Whit Stillman

By |2016-11-04T19:18:52-06:00September 25th, 2013|Categories: Film, W. Winston Elliott III, Whit Stillman|

The Academy Award nominated filmmaker will offer thematic and cultural commentary in Houston on October 1st. (To register for this event, please click here.) “Whatever Whit Stillman’s politics may be, the very form of his artistic sensibility illuminates what an imaginative conservative cultural intervention in our time might entail… In each of [his] films a [...]

Putting the Arts into Practice: Renewing Western Culture

By |2016-07-26T15:17:20-06:00July 23rd, 2013|Categories: Art, Culture, Daniel McInerny, Whit Stillman|

At the crescendo of his stirring cri de coeur, “Word and Anti-Word: A Christian Humanist Meditation,” Bradley Birzer asks how we might best undertake the renewal, inspired and grounded in the best intellectual traditions of the Christian West, that is so badly needed in our ever-darkening times. For an answer Dr. Birzer turns to [...]

Damsels in Distress: A Cultural Anti-Depressant

By |2016-05-01T12:48:05-06:00May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Culture, Film, Modernity, Moral Imagination, Whit Stillman|

If you’re feeling depressed about the culture around you, Dr. Elliott has a prescription for you: one full dose of Whit Stillman’s most recent film, Damsels in Distress, followed by tap dancing. I am perfectly serious. This charming story unfolds with a group of quirky college girls on the campus of Seven Oaks, a fictitious [...]

Nature, Grace, and The Last Days of Disco

By |2018-07-29T23:32:38-06:00March 5th, 2013|Categories: Books, Culture, Film, Peter A. Lawler, Whit Stillman|

Whit Stillman’s films, which he both writes and directs, are rather Socratic, Christian, and at least ambiguously conservative. For an audience that for the most part possesses none of those qualities, he presents his insight lightly and indirectly. Only occasionally does he allow us to glimpse the extent of his ambition. He told a [...]