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Barcelona (1994)

Cast: Taylor Nichols, Taylor Nichols, Christopher Eigeman, more...
Director: Whit Stillman, Whit Stillman
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Independent, Political Satire
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
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Synopsis
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, All Movie Guide

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