25th Anniversary of the release of a seminal film on male-female relations

From the unofficial site on the film director Whit Stillman:

“Metropolitan” to be re-released in August

Here is more information on the re-release.

No doubt this will lead to another flurry of interest in its leading lady, Carolyn Farina as “Audrey Rouget” (the girl on the right in this production shot):

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I have written a fairly comprehensive account of her strange career here. My analysis of what happened to her and her career is one of my popular posts ever.

I have a “screen crush” on Carolyn Farina as “Audrey Rouget” (in that movie at least) but I know that most men find this kind of girl more attractive:

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That is Dylan Hundley, who played Sally Fowler, the leader of the eponymous “Sally Fowler Rat Pack” in the movie Metropolitan. It appears she is now on Twitter.

Dylan Hundley seems to have been quiet in a career sense. Many of the young actors and actresses in Metropolitan had only modest careers subsequently. I discuss this here.

I referred to “Metropolitan” as an important film on male-female relations. Stillman’s films are mostly good on this. I would recommend The Last Days of Disco as well for its piquant and realistic examination of the romantic motivations of men and women. His most successful recent film, Damsels in Distress, is a cute film but much less honest in this regard.

We had a longish discussion of the sexual politics of “Metropolitan” here. Here is a comment I made at the time:

“The startling thing about the film is that Stillman does not absolve women of blame. I don’t think he imagines that women really want genteel wooing. The message seems to be that they do not. Tom only has some success because he stops being precious about his affected political views, and descends to the world of action, improbably aided by Charlie. Stillman does not use the term “gina tingle”, but he effectively does. The most extraordinary speech in the entire film would have to be Nick’s horribly and uncannily accurate presaging of Game concepts. He explains precisely why Rick is such a ladykiller, and the explanation is not flattering to either sex. He as good as says that Rick is a pantie-wetter because he has Dark Triad (sociopathic) characteristics. The implication is that even the saintly Audrey nearly falls for his charm. Only her strict moral code; and I suspect her small-breasted, schoolmarmish style; save her from becoming another notch on Rick’s bedpost. He is like an eagle who has prey all around him and chooses to ignore the least tasty morsel.”

[I wouldn’t necessarily make that last point today, on reflection. Audrey’s interest in Rick was mostly if not entirely in the imagination of Tom and maybe Charlie. I don’t think she was interested in him. Not ALL women are impressed by “alpha males” or at least not Rick’s type of alpha male. She may have been trying to make Tom jealous of course.]

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One response to this post.

  1. This is interesting, but a bit too negative.

    http://www.blackdragonblog.com/2015/06/25/womens-greatest-problem-the-myth-of-the-submissive-alpha-male/

    I don’t think that “alphas” with good morals and decent behaviour are “unicorns”. I think they exist.

    I also think that “alphas” naturally become more “beta” when the children come along and breadwinning takes its toll. But they can “alpha up” at any time.

    In terms of the film I am discussing at this post, I think that, for a pretty, feminine, sensitive bluestocking like Audrey, her suitor Charlie was far too “beta”, Rick was “alpha” but too stupid, and Tom too tiresome and dull. If Tom had learned a few tricks from Rick he might have been perfect for her.

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