What better way to spend a weekend than in the air-conditioned comforts of a movie theater, enjoying an exquisite study of UHB life in Manhattan circa the winter of 1990? This weekend, Gothamist favorite Metropolitan—written and directed by Whit Stillman—is being re-released, with celebratory deb partiesscreenings at the Film Society at the Lincoln Center. And as a bonus, Stillman and many cast members—including Sally Fowler herself—will be on hand.

If you've somehow gotten this far without seeing the film, it follows Tom Townsend, an Upper West Side college student who is swept into a wealthy group of young Upper East Siders—the Sally Fowler Rat Pack—as they trudge through debutante season. Within the confines of Sally's townhouse, they gossip, debate class lines, and spew forth wine-fueled thoughts on "Urban Haute Bourgeoisie" and Fourierism.


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Roger Ebert wrote in 1990,

[Stillman] has made a film Scott Fitzgerald might have been comfortable with, a film about people covering their own insecurities with a facade of social ease. And he has written wonderful dialogue, words in which the characters discuss ideas and feelings instead of simply marching through plot points as most Hollywood characters do."

Not very much happens in "Metropolitan," and yet everything that happens is felt deeply, because the characters in this movie are still too young to have perfected their defenses against life. They care very deeply about what others think of them, their feelings are easily hurt, their love affairs are really forms of asking for acceptance.

The film earned Stillman an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay (that year, Ghost won) and a place in the annals of independent filmmaking—the production cost $200,000!

At a few of the Film Society screenings, there will be discussions with Stillman and cast members—here's the line-up, which include the actors who played Tom, Nick Smith, Sally, Audrey Jane Clarke and RICK VON SLONEKER:

Friday, August 7, 7 p.m.
Metropolitan: Q&A with cast members Ed Clements, Chris Eigeman, Dylan Hundley, Carolyn Farina, Will Kempe, and Allison Rutledge-Parisi at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

Saturday, August 8, 7 p.m.
Metropolitan: Q&A with director Whit Stillman and cast members Ed Clements, Chris Eigeman, Dylan Hundley, Carolyn Farina, Will Kempe, Bryan Leder, and Allison Rutledge-Parisi at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

Sunday, August 9, 7 p.m.
Metropolitan: Q&A with director Whit Stillman and actor Dylan Hundley at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

#TBT moment: I first watched Metropolitan as a 14-year-old, thanks to PBS's American Playhouse, and identified so keenly with Audrey Rouget, the girl whose crush on Tom is so obvious to everyone except Tom, of course. I was smart enough to tape it on my VCR and I kept the VHS tape until I finally gave up my VCR (and got the Criterion Collection DVD). The film is truly one of the most intelligent and heartfelt depictions of being young.