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Jane Austen at the disco

Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco is a moral comedy set in a hedonistic world

By Sameer Rahim  
Chloe Sevigny (left) and Kate Beckinsale in Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco

Chloe Sevigny (left) and Kate Beckinsale in Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco

Of all the places to set a social comedy in the style of Jane Austen, perhaps the last would be a disco in early 1980s New York. But 18 years ago, the American writer-director Whit Stillman did exactly that with his wonderfully funny and acute The Last Days of Disco. Stillman’s first film Metropolitan (1990) followed the tangled love lives of a group…

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