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Last Days of Disco, The (Criterion)

Director(s): Whit Stillman

Theatrical Release: 1998

Cast: Chloe Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Eigeman, Matt Keeslar, MacKenzie Astin, Tara Subkoff

Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, coming-of-age, period piece, music, culture, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: USA


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Running Time: 113m.

As another installment of Whit Stillman's trilogy, The Last Days of Disco fits chronologically between Metropolitan (1990) and Barcelona (1994), with several cameos overlapping and linking the films. During "the very early 1980s," friends gather at a popular Manhattan disco club reminiscent of Studio 54, where getting past the velvet ropes and inside was the first step. Edgy ad-exec Jimmy (Mackenzie Astin) can sometimes get his clients in with the help of the club's womanizing assistant manager, his pal Des (Chris Eigeman), who lets them enter via the rear door. Beautiful brunette Charlotte (Kate Beckinsale) and her former college classmate Alice (Chloe Sevigny) move about the club during the 24-minute opening club sequence. Attorney Tom (Robert Sean Leonard) takes an interest in calm, reserved Alice. Both Alice and the opinionated, assertive Charlotte hold day jobs as entry-level editorial associates at a small book publisher. With Holly (Tara Subkoff) as a third roommate, the trio rents a railroad flat in the Manhattan's Yorkville neighborhood. Charlotte throws dinner parties in an effort to solidify a social circle as an alternative to "the ferocious pairing off" around her. (allmovie.com)

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Criterion Collection DVD #485 Special Features:

! Audio Commentary featuring Stillman and actors Chlod Sevigny and Chris Eigeman

! 4 Deleted Scenes with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Sevigny

! Audio Recording of Stillman reading a chapter from his book The Last Days of Disco, with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards

! Behind-the-Scenes featurette

! Stills Gallery with captions by Stillman

! Original Theatrical Trailer
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