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Completing the loosely connected trilogy that also includes Metropolitan and Barcelona, writer-director Whit Stillman brings his signature style to this casually structured but acerbically witty ode to... well, to the last days of disco. Set in New York during 1980-81, the film follows its half-dozen central characters onto the strobe-lit dance floor of The Club--the anonymous name Stillman gave to the central setting, knowing at the time that his film would be released in close proximity to 54, the bigger-budget movie about the legendary and infamous nightclub Studio 54. In fact, Stillman's film captures the same period with greater accuracy, and draws us into the waning disco craze with more incisive wit and deft handling of a first-rate cast.
The film's casual plot revolves around six recent college graduates, and Stillman charts their clashes and intimacies with a keen sense of human foibles and frailties, pausing throughout for such characteristic touches as a hilarious conversation about the sexual politics of Disney's Lady and the Tramp or the homoerotic subtext in an episode of Wild Kingdom. Sharp dialogue is in rich abundance here, and through it all Stillman captures the fading glory of disco as his characters make the transition toward adult responsibilities. It's here that we see how this film is subtly intertwined with Stillman's earlier work, and where we gain a fuller and more satisfying appreciation of a filmmaker who has carved a singular niche for himself in the world of independent movies. --Jeff Shannon
One of my favorite movies. I loved all the characters, regardless of their youth and how insipid they were. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Ada Ardor
Classic parody of the disco era in NYC. Great music and "Breakfast Club" type cast.Published 28 days ago by Donald G. Robinson
Pretty authentic portrayal of yuppies in early '80s in NYC. I watched this movie when it first came out and thought it was pretty boring and had shallow characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really don't care about the movie but this is the very young and beautiful Kate Beckinsale. Read more
Movie doesn't make sense unless you understand the mind set of the Me Generation of the 70s. Not very nice people in this film......except for the divine Ms Beckinsale.Published 7 months ago by Atlas 1943
The Last Days of Disco is a dramedy that was loosely based on the events of the nightclubs in Manhattan - including Studio 54 - during the disco scene of New York City during the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Desertman84
DID NOT REALIZE I HAD ONLY 2 DAYS TO WATCH IT. I AM FURIOUS AS WE PAID FOR IT AND NEVER SAW IT...AND I'M A PRIME MEMBER TOO. SUCKS.Published 12 months ago by Poopsie Efficient
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If the price is too steep for you, as it is for me, you can stream it for free on Hulu.
I don't recall where I heard this, but I heard it's stuck in copyright litigation hell. Maybe something to do with clearing the music in the soundtrack for a release? Can't remember.
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