The Last Days of Disco

The Last Days of Disco

DVD - 2009 | Widescreen edition.
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Depicts the 'last days' at a disco palace, where drugs, sex and weirdness ran rampant. Icy Charlotte and demure Alice toil by day as publishing house assistants and by night the two look for romance and entertainment at a premier disco club. Their group of friends frequent the disco and each other. All of them are searching for something to make their lives more fulfilling. Some are searching for everlasting love and some are just wanting something different. But, as the disco is closed, they all wonder if disco can ever really be dead?
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781604651799
1604651792
Branch Call Number: DVD LAS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet.

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Nursebob
Jul 14, 2018

Set in Manhattan during “the very early eighties”, writer/director Whit Stillman’s cheeky dissection of bourgeois twenty-somethings facing looming adulthood is like a redux of "The Big Chill" (or parody of "The Breakfast Club") aimed at the still clueless tail end of the boomer generation. On the surface, Stillman’s film is little more than a series of ongoing skits involving hook-ups and pointless exchanges against a backdrop of glitter balls, disco dust, and herpes, but surfaces are what it’s all about—from slinky outfits to the fantastical disco itself which pulses with strobe lights and plastic party people. Beckinsale puts in a stellar performance as a egotistical predator who doesn’t realize she’s actually prey, while Sevigny’s pensive doormat gives the film its anchor—her introverted gaze taking in everything even if she doesn’t quite understand it all. It takes a great deal of wit to write a script which is so banal yet rings so true and Stillman nails it as his little yuppies banter about everything from bedroom politics to the tenets of the “Me Generation”, condemning shallowness while at the same time splashing about in it. Crisply edited and filled to the rafters with solid gold music, the story begins in Fall and ends in Spring just as the “Disco Sucks” counter-revolution heralds the end of an era and casts everyone into the harsh light of another new reality. Great fun!

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patch666
May 02, 2018

Great Movie !!!!! A young and beautiful Kate Beckinsdale

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andreajesse
Feb 17, 2018

Whit (Stillman), your wit is totally lost on me. How can a movie purport to be about the electrifying days of disco and be as bland as 'The Last Days of Disco' (1998)? His directorial style is unimaginative. If he tried to direct for TV, he wouldn't make it. And, all that yammering from the characters made me want to scream, "Shut up!" Some call Whit insightful, but, thankfully, I don't know or have known people like this. A much better film about the era was made by Paul Thomas Anderson the year before (1997). 'Boogie NIghts' is far more entertaining on every level.

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dennismmiller
Jun 21, 2017

Amusing, clever, funny, witty, insightful, and, best of all, deeply romantic without being at all sentimental. But, yes, also slow-moving and dry as sandpaper.

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alanmart
Sep 29, 2016

As you can tell from the divisive reviews here, Stillman's films are an acquired taste and will not please a broad audience. That said, I am a fan of all three of the trilogy films (Metropolitan, Barcelona, & Last Days of Disco). They have a unique style and the dialogue is in a world of it's own. Barcelona is my personal favorite choice out of the three.

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MontMoroc
Jun 09, 2016

Another good film by American auteur Whit Stillman.

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Hourman
Apr 16, 2013

I lost the will to watch this after the first 30 minutes. While Stillman captured the background and design of Disco Era, he failed to give me characters that I should care about.

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ThelmaPickles
Mar 06, 2013

Writer/Director Whit Stillman is an acquired taste and like many delicious things, worth the effort. I recently rewatched Last Days of Disco after seeing his lastest film Damsels in Distress. I love this film! Chloe Sevigny dancing to disco is a pure joy to behold. I love the dialogue. I love the soundtrack. This film makes me happy. Don't miss the extras which include audio of Whit reading from the Last Days of Disco book - even better than the movie. Next up Barcelona!

kevfarley Sep 24, 2012

Yuppie soap opera wih snappy dialogue (sometimes) and a pseudo documentation of the "glamor" of the disco era.

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Poodles
Jun 26, 2012

Whit Stillman movies are always a bit odd. Everyone's a bit awkward and scenes sometimes jump ahead in time with few clues for the audience. The dialogue is clever but unrealistic. For some reason this works, all of this comes together to reflect the time at hand - the end of college, the start of adulthood, the transition to a new decade and in this case a new music and sensibility. His are not easy films but I find them very enjoyable.

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dennismmiller
Jun 21, 2017

"You know that Shakespearean admonition: 'To thine own self be true.'? It's premised on the idea that 'thine own self' is something pretty good, being true to which is commendable, but what if 'thine own self' is not so good? What if it's pretty bad? Wouldn't it be better in that case not to be true to thine own self? See, that's my situation."

aaa5756 Apr 16, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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