THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO
1998, Universal, 113 min, USA, Dir: Whit Stillman

Writer-director Whit Stillman concludes his “doomed bourgeois in love” trilogy with this semi-autobiographical dramedy set in the early 1980s. Recent college graduates Alice Kinnon (Chloë Sevigny) and Charlotte Pingress (Kate Beckinsale) spend their days working their way up the ladder at a New York publishing house and their nights dancing and romancing at a Studio 54-style nightclub. This endearing portrait of dawning adulthood features a talented ensemble cast (including Robert Sean Leonard, Chris Eigeman and Jennifer Beals), scintillating banter and a soundtrack filled with disco classics.


DEAD POETS SOCIETY
1989, Walt Disney Pictures, 128 min, USA, Dir: Peter Weir

“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” When a new student (Ethan Hawke) arrives at an exclusive East Coast prep school in 1959, he and his roommate (Robert Sean Leonard) are encouraged to think for themselves by new English teacher John Keating (Robin Williams), whose unusual approach runs afoul of the school’s headmaster (Norman Lloyd). This superbly crafted coming-of-age drama earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Director and Williams’ performance, and a win for Tom Schulman’s original screenplay.


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