The Last Days of Disco

The Last Days of Disco

DVD - 2009
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A look at the party scene of the early eighties in New York City through the lives of a group of recent college graduates as they transition toward adulthood.
Publisher: New York, NY : Criterion Collection, c2009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Widescreen Directed-approved special ed
Performers: Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Chris Eigeman, Mackenzie Astin, Matt Keeslar, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Beals.
Language Note: In English with optional English SDH
UPC: 715515048217
Call Number: DVD L

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oatmeal_crispy Apr 09, 2019

Great soundtrack!

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richibi
Dec 04, 2018

the story is rambling, hard to tell who did what to whom, but otherwise it's a lot of fun, great script, great cinematography, great music, great acting

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biffblack
Oct 31, 2018

Magnificent -- funny and humane. Chloe Sevigny so delicate and beautiful, Matt Keeslar so vulnerable yet masculine, and -- almost every performance is a standout, really, including a vampish Burr Steers as the club bouncer -- the ineffable Chris Eigemann as the slimy yet strangely likable disco manager. Great music of the period -- and a fantastic finale on an NYC train platform. In its shimmering dream state, the movie rivals Saturday Night Fever, only with a lighter mood and infinitely savvier wit.

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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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RoyalJellyIII
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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harrythedirtydog Feb 06, 2019

A lot of people won't take no for an answer. I wanted you to know that I'm not one of them. I can be easily discouraged.

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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."

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