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Whit Weekender

One of the most eloquent and stylish figures to emerge from the early 1990s American independent cinema movement, Whit Stillman’s work exists in gentle contrast to contemporaries such as Hal Hartley and Jim Jarmusch. Frequently focusing on white as opposed to blue-collar worlds, Stillman’s meticulously composed features offer a subtly subversive take on human foibles and the less attractive aspects of human behaviour such as ambition and competiveness. A first rate director of actors, Stillman’s gift for dialogue is second to none. A period as a novelist and a rigorous approach to quality control has led to a slim but perfectly formed filmography.