The Last Days of Disco
1998 film by Whit Stillman
- Written and directed by Whit Stillman.
History is made at night. tagline
- Do you think the neurological effects of caffeine are similar to that of cocaine?
- I could be gay.
- Our bodies are not really designed for group social life. We're really designed for pairing off.
- I have a gay mouth?
- [to Josh] Are you taking your medication?
- For me, Wednesday was gay day.
- I'm not an addict. I'm a habitual user.
- Yuppie stands for "young upwardly mobile professional". Nightclub flunkie is not a professional category. I wish we were yuppies. Young, upwardly mobile, professional. Those are good things, not bad things.
- I don't want to lick the boots of your real gay friends.
- Do you know that Shakespearean admonition 'To thine own self be true'? It's premised on the idea that 'thine own self' is pretty good, being true to which is commendable. What if 'thine own self' is not so good? What if it's pretty bad? Would it better, in that case. not to be true to 'thine own self'? See? That's my situation.
- A lot of people won't take no for an answer. I wanted you to know that I'm not one of them. I can be easily discouraged.
- [About Lady and the Tramp ] There is something depressing about it and it's not really about dogs. Except for some superficial bow-wow stuff at the start, the dogs all represent human types which is where it gets into real trouble. Lady, the ostensible protagonist, is a fluffy blond cocker spaniel with absolutely nothing on the brain. She's great looking but, let's be honest, incredibly insipid. Tramp, the love interest is a smarmy braggart of the most obnoxious kind, an oily jail bird out for a piece of tail or whatever he can get. No, he's a self confessed chicken thief; an all around sleaze ball. What's the function of a film of this kind? Essentially it's a primer about love and marriage directed at very young people, imprinting on their little psyches that smooth talking delinquents recently escaped from the local pound are a good match for nice girls in sheltered homes. When in ten years the icky human version of Tramp shows up around the house their hormones will be racing and no one will understand why. Films like this program women to adore jerks.
- Disco will never be over. It will always live in our minds and hearts. Something like this that was this big, and this important, and this great, will never die. Oh for a few years, maybe many years it will be considered passe and ridiculous. It will be misrepresented, caricatured and sneered at, or worse, completely ignored. People will laugh about John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, white polyester suits and platform shoes and going like this! [Mimics Saturday Night Fever pose] But we had nothing to do with those things and still loved disco. Those who didn't understand will never understand. Disco was much more, and much better than all that. Disco was too great and too much fun to be gone forever. It has got to come back someday. I just hope it will be in our own lifetimes.
- Sorry, I've got a job interview this afternoon and I was trying to get revved up, but - most of what I said I ,uh, believe.
- Did people ever really dance in bars? I thought that was a myth.
- [to Alice]Maybe in physical terms I'm a little bit cuter than you, but you should be much more popular than I am."
- You know the Woodstock generation of the 1960s that were so full of themselves and conceited? None of those people could dance.
- Women prefer bad over weak, indecisive and... unemployed?
- [to Alice] There isn't a chance of you getting infatuated with me again is there?
- History is made at night.