Appreciating Walt Stillman’s comedies of manners

Whit stillmanStillman’s trademark dialogue had gotten even more arch and mannered, and his characters even more anxious about their status, especially in a college environment where class and gender had become social third rails and their economic future was even less assured. It was while watching the film that I remembered how I’d first seen the phrase “downward mobility” 20 years earlier, on a poster for Metropolitan.