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Barcelona

Rating
5.6
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Original title
Barcelona
Year
Running time
101 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Whit Stillman
Music
Mark Souzzo
Cinematography
John Thomas
Cast
Producer
Westerly Films
Genre
Comedy. Drama. Romance | 1980s. Friendship
Synopsis / Plot
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.
Awards
1994: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Cinematography
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