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Barcelona (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 July 1994 (USA)
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Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer ... See full summary »

Director:

Whit Stillman

Writer:

Whit Stillman
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Nichols ... Ted Boynton
Chris Eigeman ... Fred Boynton
Tushka Bergen ... Montserrat Raventos
Mira Sorvino ... Marta Ferrer
Pep Munné ... Ramone
Hellena Taylor Hellena Taylor ... Greta (as Hellena Schmied)
Núria Badia Núria Badia ... Aurora Boval
Thomas Gibson ... Dickie Taylor
Jack Gilpin ... The Consul
Pere Ponce Pere Ponce ... Young Doctor
Laura López Laura López ... Nuria - Ted's Assistant
Francis Creighton Francis Creighton ... Frank Robinson
Edmon Roch Edmon Roch ... Javier
Diana Sassen Diana Sassen ... Woman - 'Shootings in America'
Àngels Bassas Àngels Bassas ... Woman - 'Jazz'
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Storyline

Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer in the US Navy. Over the next few months, both their lives are irrevocably altered by the events which follow Fred's arrival, events which are the trivial stuff of a comedy of manners at first but which gradually grow increasingly dramatic. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@hanover-crrel.army.mil>

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Taglines:

Americans. Anti Americans. In Love

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content and a brief sex scene | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #807. See more »

Goofs

When Fred and Ted are driving through Barcelona early in the film, Ted's driving barely matches the direction the car is moving. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ted Boynton: [voice-over] I couldn't believe Fred would just show up like that. On the other hand, it was absolutely typical.
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Connections

Referenced in Seinfeld: The Secretary (1994) See more »

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Una lacrima sul viso
Performed by Bobby Solo
Written by Bobby Solo (as Lunero) and Mogol
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A nerve-wracking picture about being American
5 April 2003 | by thenoholdsbardSee all my reviews

Two nervous young American cousins stationed in Barcelona adapt to a world in which the privilege of being American offers little peace of mind, and where a dearth of evidence, sympathy and understanding prevents any moral or cultural justification of their own way of life.

The young men (one based on Stillman himself), find themselves living the lives of grown men -- doing the work of men, traveling, attracting and bedding grown, worldly women, but they are far from understanding the responsibility of mind and heart that goes along with it. Whit Stillman again chooses bland, thin young actors, MODELS on which to "hang" this movie, as though it were an expensive gown-- the same could be said of THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, and METROPOLITAN, his first film.

Keeping the camera always at a moderate, comfortable distance from the cast, he effectively prohibits the viewer from making any real connection with the characters -- leading many to write his movies off as "shallow." This technique robs the movie of some important emotion, but Stillman seems more interested in teaching than entertaining. He has another, alternate, and very possibly superior definition of "meat" in storytelling. Stillman resists the use of a bevy of seduction tools like over-editing, music, and "romance" -- a decision that leads, in the end, to a seductive style similar Italo Calvino's brash artlessness in storytelling.

Though the movie is full of "thoughts," the characters nevertheless find themselves REACTING their way, thoughtlessly, toward adulthood. It's torturous to watch these characters grope, solipsize and mis-calculate, but (we must decide eventually), one does not have to enjoy a film in order that it be excellent and instructive -- BARCELONA is.

Watching the film, one feels the frustration of everyone involved, from the writer/director to the key grip -- to me, commiserating with this immense, well-worded frustration/triumph seems a valuable way to spend 104 minutes, counting previews.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barcelona See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,820, 31 July 1994

Gross USA:

$7,266,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,266,973
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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