Barcelona

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2012
  • UPC: 883316487907
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,835

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 Voice Only
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite movie of all

    Although it is about two Americans in Spain during a time of anti-Americanism near the end of the Cold War, it is essentially a comedy, but a very well thought-out one, relying completely on dialogue and funny, though very conceivable situations. The main characters are cousins. One is a serious American businessman, obsessed with the business world and disillusioned with his past relationships with women; the other is a more loose, albeit patriotic Navy man stationed there for NATO purposes. The two share a resentful chemistry built upon years of childhood disagreements. Yet the tension between them and their Spanish colleagues, and their job-derived identities are the source of hilarious stuff. This is not your typical 'Jim Carey/Ben Stiller' over-the-top flick. Much like 'Seinfeld', it has a kind of humor rooted very much in real life situations. However, unlike most dramatic comedies, in which the drama feels like a cheap tactic to avoid from writing comedy, as in 'Cheers,' 'Friends' and most '80s sitcoms, this drama is moving and interesting without being overly serious.

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