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Metropolitan1990

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  • 3.9
In Whit Stillman's Academy Award®-nominated classic METROPOLITAN, a group of young upper-class Manhattanites are in the midst of their gala debutante season when an unusual outsider joins them and stirs things up.

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"They live in a world I dimly knew existed, but one as alien to me as if they belonged to a tribe in the Amazon." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times


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Watch this movie for its:

+ intelligent dialogue

+ elite social gatherings

+ class friction

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Watch this movie for its:

+ intelligent dialogue

+ elite social gatherings

+ class friction

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Thought provoking, engaging, well executed film.

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I was immensely surprised how much I liked this movie. While the acting is flat at times, Whitman's screenplay is truly phenomenal. Despite being not at all a part of the class depicted in the film, the characters were depicted so sweetly and humanely, that I found myself very drawn to them. Metropolitan takes place in a time that seems almost illusory, like we have been swept away to some hidden world full of ballrooms and mannered affectation. Warm, refreshing, and sympathetic.

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Having been a New Yorker of a similar social class and era depicted, there was a lot of nostalgia associated with viewing this film. Beyond this I recognized--at least in my mind--all the characters, who I felt were true to themselves and human nature. Aside from my own reasons for liking the film, it is hard to imagine a better treatment of a particular emerging generation. It should have universal appeal.

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Whit Stillman's Metropolitan (1990) is a fine American Indie film. On a shoestring budget, and using no name actors, Stillman cranked out a quite credible instance of Cinematic Art, and dispels the mythology of "big studio Hollywood" in the process.

This is a film that virtually has no tangible storyline, and much of this character/dialogue driven film is set in the cloistered confines of apartments. Yet, through a brilliant screenplay, great direction, and really remarkable performances by a somewhat amateur cast, this filmmaker created a film that features subtle, yet effective interaction within a small group of well defined divergent characters that spout reams of intelligent, and engaging discourse that remarkably holds the viewer's attention.

Given a superficial description of this film, a potential viewer might reasonably conclude that it is an exercise in boredom and futility. That Stillman was able to convert such unlikely elements into a truly interesting, and engaging film is a tribute to his filmmaking abilities. I look forward to viewing the films created by Whit Stillman that came after this debut effort with great anticipation.

Good flick.