Barcelona

Barcelona

Director: Whit Stillman

Cast: Taylor Nichols, Christopher Eigeman, Tushka Bergen

     
 

Its cut-rate packaging and shoddy-looking menus aside, Warner's first DVD release of Whit Stillman's erudite comedy of manners boasts a bevy of special features to complement its crisp video and audio transfer. Chief among the disc's strengths is the droll, insightful commentary from Stillman and stars Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols (the latter of whom reveals he… See more details below

Overview

Its cut-rate packaging and shoddy-looking menus aside, Warner's first DVD release of Whit Stillman's erudite comedy of manners boasts a bevy of special features to complement its crisp video and audio transfer. Chief among the disc's strengths is the droll, insightful commentary from Stillman and stars Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols (the latter of whom reveals he met his future wife on the set of the film). Stillman graciously includes a smattering of deleted scenes with complete commentary, the most revelatory of which is an alternate ending -- complete with the reemergence of anti-American terrorism against the main characters -- that rightly belongs on the cutting room floor, but makes for fascinating viewing nonetheless.

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:
04/02/2002
UPC:
0053939251326
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Cast/director film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English, Français & Español; Subtitles: English, Français, Español & Português

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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:18]
2. Cousin Fred [2:15]
3. Advance Man [4:00]
4. Yankee Deer [3:01]
5. Leather Straps [3:18]
6. Montserrat [3:30]
7. Bible Dancer (Pennsylvania 6-5000) [4:31]
8. Birth of a Salesman [2:42]
9. Dangerous Forreign Man (You've Got What It Takes) [5:04]
10. Physical Beauty [4:18]
11. Burial Not at Sea [2:04]
12. Too Early for Dancing (Everybody Limbo!) [3:02]
13. Too Sensitive [2:22]
14. Havana Harbor [4:54]
15. Red Ants (Twilight Time) [4:17]
16. Not Cut Out for It [2:23]
17. Mouthing Off [2:27]
18. Maneuver X [5:08]
19. The Text [2:53]
20. Lover Her Too [2:25]
21. Looks Like Stealing [2:01]
22. Shooting [1:55]
23. Hospital [3:55]
24. Money's Mine [3:35]
25. Word of Montserrat [3:44]
26. Fred Remembers [3:04]
27. Dickie and Drucker [2:57]
28. The Reality [3:42]
29. Ant Analogy #2 [3:01]
30. Chance for Happiness [2:27]
31. Cosa de Gringos (Twilight Time) [2:08]
32. End Credits (Everybody Limbo!) [2:48]

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