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The Last Days of Disco

Released: 1998

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 1 hr 53 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Whit Stillman

Starring: Chloe Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Eigeman, MacKenzie Astin, Matt Keeslar, Tara Subkoff, Robert Sean

Twentysomething friends enjoy the last days of their favorite disco club.

Scenes that are like banquets for the brain.

Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 7 years ago

Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco is out in a new Criterion Collection DVD. This is one of America’s most literate and least prolific filmmakers. (This is his last film, and it was released in 1998.) His dialogue is certainly on the same level as the best work of Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale), and the quirkiness of the characters and subject matter should appeal to fans of Wes Anderson. See this if you’re in the mood for a really good conversation piece.

The movie takes place in the waning days of a disco club. It’s about a group of friends in their late twenties dealing with the problems of modern adulthood: breakups, drug problems, STDs, etc. The title has a double meaning: Not only does the film take place in the last days of disco, but the characters are celebrating and trying to hold onto their last days of youth.

The two leads are played by Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale, so it goes without saying that this film is very easy on the eyes. But mostly it’s great to listen to. Not so much the music (not a disco fan, myself), but the dialogue. Stillman is every bit as gifted as Tarantino at creating scenes that are like banquets for the brain. I’m surprised to learn that his long-awaited follow-up to The Last Days of Disco, called Little Green Men, is based on someone else’s screenplay.