1. “Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans.” Richard Broday reviews the filmmaker’s Amazon pilot.
“There are no Fitzgeralds or Hemingways, no Steins or Pounds, in Stillman’s still-young set of expatriates. (Or, rather, there is one Hemingway—Dree, Ernest’s great-granddaughter, who plays one of the American expats.) If there’s artistic ambition and aesthetic adventure at work among the group that he gathers, it isn’t yet evident; there are no late-night discussions of lofty creative ideals. Rather, there’s love and real estate—and a constant jockeying for a nose ahead in the competition for esteem (or ’reputation’). Cafés there are: the series has a long café scene up front, in which two American men, Jimmy (Adam Brody) and Hal (Jordan Rountree), talk with Sandro (Adriano Giannini), an Italian cynic of a certain age, who offers the young men aphoristically critical life advice and gives them a display of knowing worldliness that sparks both action and confusion—and that lures a young woman from the next table.”