In this episode we discuss Whit Stillman’s “Metropolitan” (1990) and what the film can tell us about New York history and culture. Bruce and Sam talk about The Plaza, the Urban Haute Bourgeoisie, tuxedos, UES bars, the Fifth Avenue windows, Jane Austen, Debutante Balls, the Aristocracy, late night conversations, Automats, Checker Cabs, and more.
Theme music by Dylan Thurston. Find out more at www.dylanthurston.com.
Charlie and Tom have coffee at one of the last Automats in NYC. Here’s a short video showing how they worked:
Watch James Bond catch a Checker Cab in “Live and Let Die”
Watch “Metropolitan” on Criterion Channel.