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The serial format suits the writer-director Whit Stillman, but in a typically archaic way. He's not a "showrunner" in the current sense, sending character arcs sprawling across a pay-cable canvas. Rather, his films log anecdotes, wryly observe tribal codes, and feature people sitting around exchanging eloquent, half-serious generalizations about their own character, the character of others, and the relationships and attitudes that define the world they inhabit. Think of The Cosmopolitans, his currently streaming...