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Stillman, Whit, 1952- , screenwriter, director, producer.
Uniform Title:
Barcelona (Motion picture)
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Pictures : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2012]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
In Barcelona, Spain during the last decade of the Cold War, Ted Boynton, the Spanish representative for a Chicago electric engine firm, plays host to his cousin, Fred Boynton, a lieutenant in the Navy. Ted is earnest and ambitious, but not a typical American salesman. Fred is an advance man for the Sixth Fleet's upcoming shore leave. They are smart but somewhat naive white-collar workers, who wear suits, are very serious about themselves, and who always try to sound impressive--in a senior seminar manner. The film questions the adequacy of overly civilized behavior in tough, real-world situations, the values that inform it, and the struggle to determine what those values are. In the end, this is a portrait of two capable, earnest young men destined for an imminent move into the ill-defined purgatory of middle management.
General Note:
Special features: Cast and crew [text feature]; Commentary with Whit Stillman, Taylor Nichols and Christopher Eigeman [optional audio feature]; Making-of documentary (5 min.); Deleted scenes [with optional commentary] (3 min.); Alternate ending sequence [with optional commentary] (4 min.); Trailer (2 min.).


Credits -- Cousin Fred -- Advance man -- Yankee deer -- Leather straps -- Montserrat -- Bible dancer -- Birth of a salesman -- Dangerous foreign man -- Physical beauty -- Burial not at sea -- Too early for dancing -- Too sensitive -- Havana harbor -- Red ants -- Not cut out for it -- Mouthing off -- Maneuver X -- The text -- Lover her too -- Looks like stealing -- Shooting -- Hospital -- Money's mine -- Word of Montserrat -- Fred remembers -- Dickie and Drucker -- The reality -- Ant analogy #2 -- Chance for happiness -- Cosa de Gringos -- End credits.
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MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for drug content and a brief sex scene; Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A.
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Barcelona (Motion picture)
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DVD 65769 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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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. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi