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Caryn James

Can Tap Dancing Save Your Life? Whit Stillman On The Retro-Utopia of Damsels in Distress

  • By Caryn James
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  • April 6, 2012 9:00 AM
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Once glance at Damsels in Distress reminds you that Whit Stillman is a true original. This delicious, sharp, sometimes daffy film give us a benign coven of flower-named college students - Violet, Lily, Rose and Heather – in a story that is technically set in the present but actually exists in a pastel-colored throwback to an earlier era when even students were well-dressed and polite (except for those clods at the Roman-letter, rather than Greek,  fraternity; one of them can’t even name colors, but that’s what higher education is for).

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