speaking of preppies…
Cynthia McLean: Is our language so impoverished that we have to use acronyms of French phrases to make ourselves understood?
Nick Smith: Yes.
if you haven’t yet seen whit stilman’s 1990 film, metropolitan, see it. if you have, see it again.
the film tells the story of a group of cultured post-modern upper-middle class Manhattan teen sophisticates —members of the self-described Urban Haute Bourgeoisie, or UHB—as they meet up for debutante balls over the Christmas holidays.
“A deeply nostalgic film, Metropolitan is set, an inter-title tells us, “not so long ago.” But the characters habitually dress in dinner coats and tails and do not seem moored to a particular time period. They could have been plucked from any generation of privileged youth. (It must be said, though, that some of the ruffled pink dresses will never transcend the ’80s) The film is shot mostly inside apartments with vaguely antique décor. The few exteriors—the Plaza, the 21 Club, a snowy Park Avenue—suggest an elegant old New York. Stillman tells us, in the commentary track, that he tried to shoot in places that were doomed. We see the characters in front of the old Scribner bookstore on Fifth Avenue or at the Midtown automat; they ride around almost exclusively in Checker cabs.”
moreover, metropolitan is the smarter prototype of gossip girl
and as nick rhapsodizes in metropolitan,
“So many things which were better in the past have been abandoned for supposed convenience.”