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If… (1968) Directed by Lindsay Anderson "Non-realism in style is not—must not be—synonymous with unreality. These worlds are unreal." Anderson wrote those words about a trio of John Ford films he felt went in for too-easy symbolism, too deliberate a break from the emotional truth Ford was capable of. Anderson, whom Stanley Kauffmann called the “best directing talent” England ever produced, found the perfect medium for the real and the unreal in his sophomore feature. If…...
Love & Friendship Directed by Whit Stillman Opens May 13 The pairing of Whit Stillman and Jane Austen was a match written in destiny ever since Audrey and Tom (who’d only read Lionel Trilling’s Austen criticism) debated the merits of Mansfield Park in 1990’s Metropolitan (or even—who knows?—since Stillman read his first Austen story). Both share an abiding, near-pathological interest in the intricacies of upper-ish class manners and caste delineations, observed with a slicing yet sympathetic eye...
In its current and most recognizable iteration, that affiliated with Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival dates back to 1991, which means that many filmmakers who presented their earliest works at the festival are now cohabiting with a newer generation they’ve likely influenced. Included in that year’s lineup were novices Todd Haynes and Richard Linklater, alongside Barbara Kopple, who had already won an Oscar for Harlan County, USA, and canonical documentarians the Maysles....
Metropolitan (1990) Directed by Whit Stillman “You don't have to read a book to have an opinion on it.” No filmmaker has ever captured precocity as precisely as Stillman, whose characters’ hyperarticulate naïveté (and quaint preoccupation with sexual virtue) could hardly inspire a response other than the filmmaker’s own pleasure in dialogue playful for its own sake, and lovingly indulgent endings. Stillman’s subsequent Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco and Damsels in Distress would treat...

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