By Linc Leifeste | September 24, 2012
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing Damsels in Distress on DVD in the United States on September 25th, 2012. Since we consider Damsels in Distress to be a film with a “timeless quality” we were more than happy to give our loyal readership a chance to win a free DVD copy when presented with the opportunity.
Director: Whit Stillman
Writer: Whit Stillman
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Analeigh Tipton, Carrie MacLemore, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf, Adam Brody, Billy Magnussen, Jermaine Crawford, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Zach Woods, Domenico D’Ippolito, Nick Blaemire, Aubrey Plaza, Hugo Becker, Meredith Hagner
It goes without saying that Damsels in Distress succeeds because of Greta Gerwig (though Analeigh Tipton and Adam Brody are excellent as well). I could discuss the talents of Gerwig ad nauseum, but I will spare you that lecture; instead I will hone in on the fact that she is the one (and only) actress who can simultaneously channel Alicia Silverstone and Katharine Hepburn, which is why she is perfectly cast as Violet in Damsels in Distress. Like the film, Gerwig has a timeless quality about her. She could be a George Cukor dame from the 1940s or a Woody Allen lead from the 1970s just as easily as she has become the modern day indie “It” girl. Speaking of which – Gerwig got her start as a “mumblecore” actor in Joe Swanberg’s LOL (2006), so it seems fitting that Stillman (who has been an obvious influence on much of the “mumblecore” sect) would cast her in Damsels in Distress. It is also worth noting that Stillman and “mumblecore” filmmakers share a commonality in that they make films about people from their own social and economic environments, thus unabashedly using their films to express their own worldviews. For most “mumblecore” filmmakers, that is white urbanites who are stuck in an existential limbo during their post-collegiate years; for Stillman, that is rich and privileged young people who belong to the most elite of social circles. Some call this a narrow-minded approach to filmmaking, but I call it writing about what (and who) they know. There is no one better at this than Stillman — for that reason I hope it is less than 14 years before his next film.
Be sure to read Don Simpson’s review in full.
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The winner will be picked at random on Friday, September 28, 2012. Good luck!!!