Barcelona

Barcelona

Director: Whit Stillman

Cast: Taylor Nichols, Christopher Eigeman, Tushka Bergen

     
 

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The second film from writer/director Whit Stillman, Barcelona is a smart, urbane comedy of manners set in Spain at the tail end of the Cold War. Taylor Nichols stars as Ted, an American salesman living in Barcelona. Out of the blue, he is visited by his acidic cousin Fred (Chris Eigeman), a U.S. Navy officer sent abroad to work damage control on rising

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The second film from writer/director Whit Stillman, Barcelona is a smart, urbane comedy of manners set in Spain at the tail end of the Cold War. Taylor Nichols stars as Ted, an American salesman living in Barcelona. Out of the blue, he is visited by his acidic cousin Fred (Chris Eigeman), a U.S. Navy officer sent abroad to work damage control on rising anti-American sentiment. The textbook "Ugly American," Fred travels through the city in full military regalia, impervious to the constant taunts of "Fascist!" Like the similarly self-absorbed Ted, who has become involved with political activist Monsterrat (Tushka Bergen), Fred also finds romance, with a party girl played by Mira Sorvino. A brittle fish-out-of-water comedy, Barcelona is literate and sophisticated, a knowing essay on cultural identity and perception.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
A superbly droll, mannered complement to his breakthrough first feature, Metropolitan, Whit Stillman's sophomore effort pushes the director's narrative scope and sense of style forward as it retains his pitch-perfect gift for neurotic, intellectual -- some may say endearingly uptight -- dialogue. Stillman regular Chris Eigeman was the standout among the cast of the first film, and the director has justly allowed him to all but walk away with this picture. Though the narrative bites off a little more than it can chew -- including anti-American terrorism, the mores of the waning sexual revolution, and heady business theory -- Stillman smartly chooses the relationship between Eigeman's arrogant Navy lieutenant Fred and his constipated cousin Ted (Taylor Nichols) as the film's center. To complain that Barcelona's political ideals are too conservative would be to discount Stillman as a satirist -- however sympathetic -- of young urban professionals of the '80s; a more valid complaint is that he does give short shrift to many of film's female characters. Still, Barcelona is a far more visually assured film than the director's debut, and that as well as his deft juggling of light and serious themes would be put to even better use in Stillman's next film, The Last Days of Disco.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

Stillman brings great wit and wicked humor to his subjects, but he doesn't make fun of them -- he likes them.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2016
UPC:
0715515174114
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
5,832

Special Features

New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas Audio commentary from 2003 featuring Stillman and actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols New video essay by film critic Farran Smith Nehme about the trilogy made up of Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco, and Barcelona The making of "Barcelona," a short documentary from 1994 featuring behind-the-scenes footage and on-set interviews with Stillman and cast members Deleted scenes and alternate ending, with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Nichols Apperances by Stillman on The Dick Cavett Show in 1991 and on the Today show and Charlie Rose in 1994 Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Taylor Nichols Ted
Christopher Eigeman Fred
Tushka Bergen Montserrat
Mira Sorvino Marta
Pepe Munne Ramon
Nuria Badia Aurora
Hellena Schmied Greta
Thomas Gibson Dickie
Jack Gilpin Consul
Pere Ponce Young Doctor
Frank Creighton Frank
Edmon Roch Javier
Debbon Ayer Betty
J. Harden Rose Audiotape Voice

Technical Credits
Whit Stillman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Reyes Abades Special Effects
Victoria Borras Producer
Edi Giguere Costumes/Costume Designer
Billy Hopkins Casting
John Thomas Cinematographer
Licio Oliveira Musical Direction/Supervision
Edmon Roch Associate Producer
Rosa Romero Producer
Cecilia Kate Roque Associate Producer
Mark Suozzo Score Composer
Christopher Tellefsen Editor

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