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Barcelona (1994)

Taylor Nichols , Chris Eigeman , Whit Stillman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, Tushka Bergen, Mira Sorvino, Pep Munné
  • Directors: Whit Stillman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y71N
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Barcelona" on IMDb

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  • Alternate ending
  • Additional scenes
  • Mira Sorvino interview
  • Cast film highlights

Editorial Reviews

Two American cousins seek dream girls in a city where the sexual revolution is at its peak.Running Time: 101 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY UPC: 053939251326 Manufacturer No: C2513

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and Witty Comedy May 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Whit Stillman has an ear for sophisticated dialog that is virtually unmatched among today's screenwriters. His characters speak in a way that is sharper, smarter, and "realer" than reality. There is also an intelligence in his work that is all too rare in today's pictures. You come away from his films not only entertained, but enlightened and, probably, having learned something as well.
"Barcelona" is about two American cousins living in Spain. Ted (Taylor Nichols) is a shy, reserved sales rep, and Fred (Chris Eigeman) a brash and handsome naval officer. The story is primarily a romantic one. Ted is in love with Montserrat (Tushka Bergen) and Fred, perhaps, with Marta (Mira Sorvino), both beautiful, free-spirited young Spanish women. Marta, though, turns out to be a little too free for Fred's taste, so he also falls for Montserrat. This, of course, provides complications of its own.
The film is set in "the last decade of the Cold War," a time of rampant anti-Americanism in Barcelona, which adds an intriguing political subtext to the romantic machinations that form the bulk of the story. This subtext manifests itself both in violence and humor that provide needed counterpoint to the love story.
What I like best about Stillman's work is the high regard in which he holds his audience. In a culture where the prevailing cinema is targeted at the lowest common denominator, the wit and intelligence of a film like "Barcelona" are a very welcome relief. When Stillman refers to Dale Carnegie, or the sinking of the "Maine," or draws insight from "Death of a Salesman," he assumes we know what he's talking about. He never belabors the point or tries to explain it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whit, Please Come Back! July 9, 2005
First things first, Whit Stillman should be making movies until he dies. Let's get that guy back behind the camera for the good of everybody. Barcelona, as a film, is deceptively serious as, amid its banal conversations about the proper way to shave and management theory, grave subjects are illuminated.

The reflexive anti-Americanism of Spain and Europe are integral to many of the interactions experienced by Taylor and Eigeman, the two main characters. It's at the end of The Cold War and Spain is conflicted over NATO. A humorous side light concerning this situation is made by Eigeman, "I think it's well-known that anti-Americanism has its roots in sexual impotence, at least in Europe." Eigeman's presence in the uniform of a US Naval officer in the Barcelona streets has somewhat predictable results. Yet, no one is able to refute his point that even if the Spaniards don't like NATO, they would never prefer the Soviets rolling through Western Europe instead. The conspiracy theories that some of the Spanish poseurs spout are quite bankrupt on their surface (such as the existence of a right-wing labor union called the AFL-CIA).

On an aesthetic level, this is a beautiful film. Shots of the grand buildings that comprised old Catalonia are breathtaking. The outfits and faces of the trade show girls are just as riveting. I think Stillman succeeds in capturing some of the city's nobility within these frames.

The Spanish women are a mystery to both Eigeman and Taylor, but, with Taylor, the audience is constantly present as he overanlyzes emotions which few words could possibly describe. You have the feeling though that a character like Taylor's would be a foreigner in any land he visited. Thanks for this one, Mr. Stillman, now go make six more.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and Quiet Genius February 3, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Whit Stillman has his eye on the world and his finger on the pulse of a certain breed of upperclass white society, and white upperclass men in particular. He understands their insecurities and ineffectualities while pulling apart the fabric of their lives to expose their structure as inherently faulty. In Barcelona, the result is always whimsical and occasionally hysterical, juxtaposing American and European thoughts and values while never losing sight of the great underlying tragedy: that everyone is lonely, regardless of where they come from or what language they speak.
Stillman is incredibly literary as filmmakers go, injecting more sociopolitical dialogue into his scripts than most would dare. But the skilled actors, especially Stillman regulars Taylor Nichols and Chris Eigeman as cousins Ted and Fred Boynton, add a level of humanity to their otherwise textbook arguments that make them relevant and dryly hilarious. Stillman also has a penchant for the borderline absurd, masterfully combining comedy and tragedy. Who else could elicit humor while negating pity from a botched assassination attempt than Stillman and Eigeman, much less find a romantic angle to work?
For my money, it's the little moments that make any story worth remembering, and Barcelona is peppered with them. Eigeman's failed attempts to introduce the Barcelona soiree crowd to the allure of the limbo... Nichols's uptight sales executive trying to loosen up by reading the Bible while dancing to "Pennsylvania 6-5000," unaware that he has an audience... an anecdote about a dead soldier's body being shipped home to the states, as told from the coffin's point of view while being transported on a forklift...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Both Metropolitan and Last Days Of Disco (Thank God) are on Criterion...
Not understanding why this film isn't on Criterion Blu-ray? Whit Stillman has directed four films: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days Of Disco (my favorite) and Damsels In... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ferris Bueller
5.0 out of 5 stars A Navy Movie you've never heard of
Look, it's got some great, great lines, and a Navy story line that is outstanding, being that it's all about being on liberty. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Danny
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Very funny. My favorite line is the one about hamburgers, I won't spoil it though, but so true as an American abroad. Read more
Published 3 months ago by anon01923847
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Takes director Stillman's signature witty dialogue and adds plot. My favorite of his first three films. Romantic comedy with a surprisingly effective dramatic twist.
Published 3 months ago by Diane
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine, unusual comedy
During the 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, two American cousins and childhood friends, who are now a businessman and a naval officer (played by Taylor Nichols and Chris... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andres C. Salama
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the plot, characters and Barcelona itself
This very off beat movie without stars is very intriguing. Enjoyed the pacing and the people portrayed without the Hollywood frills and bells and whistles. Simple and lovely.
Published 14 months ago by Bret Schlesinger
2.0 out of 5 stars Lifeless and artificial
I originally saw the film Barcelona in the city Barcelona about 19 years ago. I remember thinking that I needed to see the film again, because there was just something about it... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Levi Skrauss
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Barcelona pic I was looking for.
I was trying to find a Barcelona based comedy I had enjoyed once, with a similar plot involving American businessmen working in Barcelona, and some of the same actors, but this was... Read more
Published 14 months ago by O. Hedden
4.0 out of 5 stars You had to live there
This is far from a perfect movie. I would agree with the opinions about the characters, the dialogue, etc. It's stilted at times, inane at others. Read more
Published 16 months ago by TruxtonSpangler
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature look at finding love
This is an outstanding movie. The dialogue is on a level not seen too often in a film. The characters are perfect in their comments and reply. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gao shan
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