The widespread use of the Internet began to hit full stride around the time “Last Days of Disco” was released, and yet your legend has grown through sites like WhitStillman.org and the speculative nature of the Web. How do you feel about that occurring?
Well, it keeps you a little alive professionally, even if you sometimes feel like you’re dead, so it’s nice that you have some sort of existence and people are talking about the films and discovering them or commenting on them — it’s not a complete void. There’s still something happening. And it’s funny to see the clips of the films on YouTube — I think the only thing you can see from “Last Days of Disco” is from someone who put up the Josh speech about “disco will never die” — I’d love it if “Last Days of Disco” was available too, and I really hope it’ll be out soon.
I’ve been distracting myself with the film in bits and pieces all morning — it’s reminded me of how rare great endings are, and that “Metropolitan” and “The Last Days of Disco” have two of my favorites, ones that push their characters forward while never softening on them, and ones that are, on that narrowed Stillman scale of tiny triumphs and mishaps, jubilant.
[Photo: “Metropolitan,” New Line Cinema, 1990]