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Based on the eponymous short story by Dorothy Parker, THE STANDARD OF LIVING explores class and conspicuous consumption over the course of a single conversation, in which two working-class women fantasize about being liberated from financial obligation. I came across Dorothy Parker's short story "The Standard of Living" the same week my grandmother died. I chose to adapt this story to film because I wanted to make something my grandmother would have found funny — to honor her by remembering her vivacity, glamor, and sense of humor.

June Shaukat

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