“No, that’s not a Sargent painting — it’s Carolyn Farina in Metropolitan.”

In all my obsessive interest in the film “Metropolitan” and its leading lady (I even wrote a “book” on her career) I somehow missed this review:

Whit Stillman’s ‘Metropolitan’ Enjoys Its Second Coming-Out Gala


As with many reviews of this film, the reviewer had trouble getting his mind around the movie. For example, I cannot see much resemblance between the character of Charlie Black and the kind of character associated with Woody Allen. Apart from anything else, Charlie is not trying to be funny or even wry.

I give the review in The Village Voice credit however for including this shot of Carolyn Farina playing pretty ingenue Audrey Rouget sulking in her boudoir. The scene appears in the movie, but this particular still appears to be a “production shot.”

The caption reads: “No, that’s not a Sargent painting — it’s Carolyn Farina in Metropolitan.


This is an actual painting by Sargent, of Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler:


That image appears on the cover of my copy of “East Side Story” by Louis Auchincloss. Which is appropriate because “Audrey Rouget” in the film “Metropolitan” is seen reading another of his books at one point in the movie, namely “The Rector of Justin”:

Audrey clasping the book to her bosom on the right:



6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Julian O'Dea on December 18, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    And an interview I hadn’t seen with some interesting comments from Carolyn Farina on her audition, the making of the film, and her later rather disappointing career:

    A mini-oral history of Whit Stillman’s ‘Metropolitan’ on its 25th anniversary

    I am pleased to see that she debunks the common claim that she was “discovered working at Macy’s.”


  2. Posted by Julian O'Dea on December 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Actually on reviewing this post I notice that this version of the production shot of Audrey in her bedroom is rather odd. It seems to have odd colour tones. But it is like that in the original online review. So I shall leave it.


  3. Posted by Glengarry on December 21, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Peter Greenaway was always masterful with his very painterly scenes. As so often, his earlier, funnier work is in general to be preferred. (He’s still alive, I should add.)


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