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The Last Days of Disco
The Last Days of Disco is a 1998 sardonic comedy-drama film written and directed by Whit Stillman and loosely based on his travels and experiences in various nightclubs in Manhattan, including Studio 54. The film concerns a group of Ivy League and Hampshire graduates falling in and out of love in the disco scene of Manhattan in the “very early 1980s”. Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale have the lead roles.
The Last Days of Disco is the third film in what Stillman calls his “Doomed-Bourgeois-in-Love series”, which begins with Metropolitan and continues with Barcelona. According to Stillman, the idea for The Last Days of Disco was originally conceived after the shooting of disco scenes in Barcelona. In 2000, Stillman published a part-novelization of the film, titled The Last Days of Disco, with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards.
The film was released theatrically in the United States on May 29, 1998, and its DVD and video releases followed in 1999. The DVD releases eventually went out of print and the film was widely unavailable for home video purchase until it was picked up by The Criterion Collection and released in a director-approved special edition on August 25, 2009.
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