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1,312 Ratings

The Last Days of Disco

Directed by Whit Stillman
United States, 1998
Comedy, Drama, Music


The final entry in Whit Stillman’s “trilogy,” brimming with the writer-director’s trademark dry humor, The Last Days of Disco is a cleverly comic look at the early 1980s Manhattan party scene from the vantage point of the late nineties, an affectionate yet unsentimental look at the end of an era.

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The Last Days of Disco Directed by Whit Stillman
The movie’s pinwheeling plot—criss-crossing romantic affairs, a drug and money-laundering scandal, employment woes, etc., etc.—is an overwhelming morass of wit, language, deviance, insecurity, and perhaps above all, pleasure. These are characters who seem to relish their mistakes, or at the very least to refuse to stop making them. And this is a movie that revels in the glories of those errors.
May 29, 2018
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Like Stillman’s prior films Metropolitan and Barcelona, Last Days of Disco is a dry, wry, quick-witted ensemble comedy centered on the relationship misadventures of what in Metropolitan is referred to the “urban haute bourgeoisie.” The film packs a memorable soundtrack filled with vintage disco tracks, some clumsy dance moves, and a delightful finale involving New York subway commuters dancing spontaneously to “Love Train” by The O’Jays.
April 05, 2017
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It’s in its splendid wordiness that The Last Days of Disco truly betrays its influences: Its roots are in the screwball comedies of ’30s and ’40s, in the boundless loquacity of films like The Palm Beach Story and His Girl Friday. And Stillman, for his part, is perhaps the closest thing this generation has or indeed ever will have to a contemporary Lubitsch or Sturges. The Last Days of Disco certainly makes the case that he has the ear (and wit) to qualify.
July 24, 2012
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