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The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey, yOf the movie with a few new ideas thrown in to make the narrative conceit work Ifou haven t seen the movie there s a 50% chance No Easy Hope (Surviving the Dead, you ll be able to enjoy this novel ifou have seen the movie I can t see what extra Who Is Esau-Edom? you might take from this apart from getting to interact with allour friends once Unnecessary is the word that comes to mind first with this one Yes a novel by Whit Stillman You either love him or hate him and rarely is a divisive figure so kindly and proper He is a filmmaker Metropolitan Barcelona The Last Days of Disco and Damsels in Distress all comedies of manners chronicling Gutter Kisses and a Hug on Garbage Day young wildly articulate cerebral East Coast preps and misfits Despite being a regular old Midwestern girl I cherish these movies and their neuroticet joyous protagonists So it was easy for me to love The Last Days of Disco with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterward It is a meta novelization of his best movie If this sounds like a good time to My Name Is River youou re like me and Crochet Pattern - Tutu Skirt for Onesie you should read it too What a pleasure to spend a few hours in the company of the sweet natured priggish characters given to these kinds of sincerely delivered mundaneet inflated thoughtsOn the origin of loveOne of the greatest spurs to romance is knowing or thinking that someone likes Bad Pets you Conversely thinking that they don t likeou can be an enormous inhibiting factor 23On starchA can of Niagara Spray Starch rested on the ironing board and as Josh sat down to his work he applied it liberally Starchy is one of those adjectives that has been widely misused in our society Starch properly applied keeps us looking sharp and trim even when basically we re not it has been given an undeserved negative connotation probably because literature and especially social commentary tends to be written by the slobs p 238 Stillman s elegant innocent melancholy book adaptation and expansion of his subtle and underrated film is really something to be savored as a work of its own Vastly enlarging the dimensions of the character of Jimmy Steinway from his relatively supporting role in the film Stillman weaves a comedy of manners that recalls Forster and Austen at their finest moments only set in the upper class apartments of early 1980 s New York a time that now seems almost as removed as Edwardian England or the early 19th century Between episodes of arch comedy he drops nuggets of poignant wisdom about the nature of romance at various points in one s life and how we all meet and fall in love with somebody who no matter where our life takes us or theirs takes them we can t help but remain drawn to even long past what we know to be the end of our chance with them The characters are deftly but economically drawn emerging with each page rather than appearing full formed all at once with minor figures suddenly becoming important and major ones suddenly vanishing to the background as often happens in real life Life a fine wine to be enjoyed With The Right People At The Right Time In Your the right people at the right time in Running Your Best your it ll makeou long for The Fall Of White City (Victorian Chicago Mystery Series Book 1) your early twenties whenever those were and a moment in time when allou cared about was social politics having a good time and trying to be likable to Please Dont Tickle The Tiger yourself and the one personou always wished ou would meet An exceedingly rare book this autographed copy bought at a second hand store for a mere 4 was lent to me by a work colleague based on his admiration for the film of approximately the same name I m no worse for having read it but he really oughtn t to have bothered The Last Days of Disco is a meta novelisation of the film written by the character of Jimmy Steinway the dancing adman The strength of the film is its female characters with all of the men being interchangeable versions of one another Why we would want to read the account of a faceless person in just another suit is a mystery and why we would want to read him standing in judgment of the infinitely interesting women that he freuently others is a mysteryDialogue that works on film like essentially anything that Charlotte says falls leaden on the page When the characters have no sense of self awareness that s one thing when the author of the book or the character that he claims is writing it lacks that self awareness the message is changed entirely Steinway says that there are many advantages that books have over film like the author s freedom to describe a character s shoes and what they mean but he ignores the fact that a film that is at least in part about music can feature the music that a novel can only describeWorse for the reader is the lack of detachment from the narrator Being trapped in Jimmy s head is not fun Charlotte and Alice are the lifeblood of the story and we can only passively inhale the fumes that we re offered by Steinway The Last Days of Disco was as a film rescued from obscurity by Criterion and deservedly so This novelisation has fallen out of print and is FITTINGLY VIEWED AS CURIO THIS viewed as a curio a high two but a two nonetheless Inessential reading that doesn t seem to understand the strengths of its own source material. E for Alice Kinnon the boyfriendless social failure from Hampshire College whose uite charm detonated a bitter rivalry between him and four of his Harvard classmates He also sets the record straight about the beautiful passionate painfully candid Charlotte PingreeSet primarily in Manhattan in the early 1980s but spanning two continents and two decades The Last Days of Disco with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards redresses the wrongs done these characters and this period while helping to ameliorate the comic novel shortage in the world today. ,


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Irca 1980 The characters work in crappy jobs and live in crappier apartments but as long as they can dance till dawn at the hottest nightclub in town everything seems beautiful They fall in love and break up and overanalyze one another s motivations and try to figure out the proper way to live in the world as an adult Of course one of the major charms of Stillman s films is his dialogue and the novel faithfully reproduces classic scenes like the one in which a character argues that Lady and the Tramp programs women to adore jerks But Stillman s voice shows through even in the narrative sections Eg describing the aftermath of a fight outside the Club The cops jumped out but it was almost all over except for the mercurochrome There are also plenty of good moments in the novel that don t appear in the film I couldn t of good moments in the novel that don t appear in the film I couldn t laughing when I read the scene where Alice our modest and virtuous heroine kicks a dog while jogging in Central ParkSo ou can think of this book as something like the DVD extras or deleted scenes from The Last Days of Disco but I even think it s good enough to stand on its own If International Organizations you didn t know betterou could almost think that it s a minor classic novel that got turned into an indie film rather than the other way around I know I said it s a shame this book is out of print but I also feel like that somehow adds to its mystiue After all it s a story about the rare precious fleeting moments of one s oung adulthood so it s oddly appropriate that this book should be a rare and precious object itselfCorrection records show that of Stillman s four films only The Last Days of Disco lost moneyCorrection this scene actually does appear in the film but it seems not as memorably or emphatically as in the novel Highly recommended for the diehard fans who may enjoy seeing Kate Beckinsale s Charlotte Pingree master of the backhanded compliment handled in her own style of sharply ualified praise Who are they Charlie s Angels a woman in the crowd complained There was in fact a resemblance between the three roommates and the stars of the television show Charlie s Angels which featured three beautiful detectives getting into a lot of exciting adventures Charlotte looked particularly like the actress Jaclyn Smith though in a East Coast Publisher s Row version less fit complexion pastier hair flatter tense but still great lookingThe conceit of Stillman s novelization of his 1998 cult classic is that one of the characters Jimmy Steinway Charlotte s ex having become something of a writer in the ears after the movie s action the very early eighties signs a contract with the production company to novelize the screenplay to which he adds memories and reflections that convey rather #ELEGANTLY THE KIND OF INFORMATION FANS #the kind of information fans get in a DVD commentary track or other such bonus feature In Jimmy s telling there s exposition a number of added or extended scenes all of them surprising or conseuential and amusing digressions on fashion music dancing nightclub acoustics la forme d un ville and the manners of the milieu I was disappointed then relieved that the epilogue did not detail the characters afterlife Beyond a few revelations one could infer from the ending Josh and Alice marry the raffish nocturnal Des makes a career in nightlife going from a nightclub flunky to owner of successful cocktail lounges and Jimmy stays in advertising writing mostly for his desk drawer Stillman keeps his characters on film in the very early eighties As is righthttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvuE2rL Uniue mix of the feel good and the heartbreaking Deeply civilized and literate this is exactly what the modern novel should be an extension of the classical tradition while knowingly postmodernist at the same time obliuely commenting on the state of society without a left handed axe to grind delicate and modest but unselfconscious A work of art 45 rounded up Admittedly a huge fan of all now five Whit Stillman films I suspect Last Days is my absolute favorite and the one I have seen the most times Usually I eschew novelizations of films and put off reading this one others have complained there is no real reason for this existing but I humbly disagree While The story of a group of recent college graduates in the early 80s who spend a lot of time dancing to disco and being a bit talky Sounds terrible when written so plainly like thatAs pretty much everyone who reads this book must be I am a big fan of Whit Stillman s films and the premise of a novelisation of one of his movies as written by one of the characters from the movie was too much to resist As a novelisation it is fine who really needs a novelisation anyway The concept certainly puts it above our basic Max Allan Collins cuts a Hollywood script to smithereens and adds some inner monologue padding fare As a movie it is witty and poignant and seemingly forgotten already As a novel I didn t enjoy it so muchOf course separating the novel from the movie is always a difficult task and this is made worse by being almost a transcript. D “deft funny and improbably touching” with results that are even defter funnier and improbably poignantJimmy Steinway the “Dancing Adman” of The Last Days of Disco and we later discover a frustrated desk drawer novelist gets his lucky break when Castle Rock Entertainment unable to find anyone else to write a novelization of the movie reluctantly gives the assignment to him Jimmy struggles to bring to light the true origins of the story at Kate Preston’s party in Sag Harbor and the fast then slow then fast again unfolding of his lov. I adore Whit Stillman s movies so it pains me to give this book such a bad review But the truth is that it fails to enrich deepen or supplement the world brought to life in the film of the same name Instead it tediously reenacts transcribes might be a better word the events of the film Line by line Shot by shot Scene by scene There s one or two new bits thrown in but they re few and far betweenThis narrative approach forces Stillman into some very clumsy maneuvers And he doesn t do himself any favors by adopting the first person voice of Jimmy Steinway who in order to follow the action of the screenplay must serve double duty as a participant in the action and as a uasi omniscient narratorIt s hard to believe these shortcomings could have escaped an artist with Stillman s critical acumen and storytelling prowess Perhaps the book was rushed to press But at least this misguided effort doesn t diminish the greatness of his films The Last Days of Disco was the last Whit Stillman film to be made but it was the very first one I saw and for ears the only one I knew I saw it at the Avon during a summer writing program at Brown when I was still in high school Back home I bought it on VHS the first time I saw it for sale and good thing too as it doesn t seem to have stuck around long In college my roommates all remember a mythical DVD but no one can agree on who owned it and no one can find it to this day It was released on DVD a brand new format back then but it uickly went out of print and from what I can tell it s never been re released It s not even on Netflix Het Reservaat Van Ward Ruyslinck you can check The movie is the only reason I still own a VHS playerMy point Asou can no doubt tell I am obsessed with The Last Days of Disco as I am with all of Stillman s films So when an errant Google search for a DVD turned up a novelisation of the book I or less lost my mind for several minutesIt wasn t as difficult as I thought to locate a used copy of the book nothing compared to my ongoing search for a DVD When I began to read it my expectations were actually very low Few enough people seemed to know of the movie so I figured the book some terrible precursor to the film must have been terrible I wound up liking it almost than the film itselfFor one thing the book is not something Stillman wrote in between films and then redid as a screenplay He wrote it after the film had come out and he actually works the existence of the film into the book itself In the opening the narrator Jimmy Steinway who is a relatively minor character in the film explains that he and the rest of his old friends had recently been reunited by a screening of Whit s film based on their days in the early 80s and that He D Decided To d decided to write this book as a sort of rebuttal of the film and a continuation of the tale This little post modern twist sucked me in within the early pages and never stopped being amusingStillman does a great job of using forgettable Jimmy to explain the real story from his perspective on the sidelines Jimmy becomes a bit of a Nick Carraway character revolving around the real story that was told in the film There are scenes of course that he has no access to and Stillman cleverly works around these holes with excerpts or paraphrases from short stories written by one of the other characters Alice who later becomes a book editor Jimmy takes the story back to a Hamptons gathering where the characters met which is only briefly mentioned in the film There are scenes that follow which are taken directly from the dialogue in the screenplay but Jimmy adds his own descriptions and nuance to these moments making them seem new to a reader like me who has essentially memorized
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film over many watchingsI don t know that I d recommend the book over the film exactly but I see no reason to choose The book does a lot of work in moments where the film leaves things unsaid Through exposition and Jimmy s various internal thoughts much can be done that is not possible on a screen Still the film stands on it s own absolutely and I ll always think of it before the book Stillman is a novelist s filmmaker to be sure and now I can bemoan his lack of follow up books as well as filmsPS Noah Baumbach it appears can also write as well as direct After reading this book I promptly ordered Doomed Bourgeoisie in Love a collection of essays on Stillman s films Someday I WILL teach a class on them Apparently this was the one line pitch he used when trying to get Metropolitan made Whit Stillman is one of America s great cult filmmakers In the last 24 Rumunia. Koniec złotej epoki years he has written and directed four indie movies and published this novel based on his 1998 film The Last Days of Disco He s met with critical acclaim one Oscar nomination two films in the Criterion Collection but has never become widely popular Several of his films were financial flops and the novel is out of printWhich is really a shame because it s a lovely entry in the kinda pretentiousoung people coming of age in the big city genre The setting is Manhattan Opposites do attract but is that really such a good ideaWhit Stillman has won international acclaim as one of the wittiest most original filmmakers of his generation “the Balzac of the ironic class the Dickens of people with too much inner life” in the words of Stephen Hunter in The Washington Post Now twisting the film novelization genre in an entirely new direction Stillman has produced something eually fresh and surprising a novel based on the characters and events touched on in The Last Days of Disco the movie The New York Times calle. ,

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