Watch: Barcelona 1994 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: During the 1980s, uptight Ted Boynton is a salesman working in the Barcelona office of a Chicago-based company. He receives an unexpected visit from his cousin Fred, a naval officer who has come to Spain on a public relations mission for a U.S. fleet. Not exactly friends in the past, Ted and Fred strike up relationships with women in the Spanish city and experience conflicts — Ted with his employer, and Fred with the Barcelona community.
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Great characters, great scenery, great lines
There are people in this world who think “Barcelona” is just a film about soft-living, navel-gazing preppies with perfect hair and term-paper vocabularies. These are the same people who like Vinyl Hampton music.
What’s not to love about this sensitive, off-kilter love story about a young, too-earnest salesman Ted and his sly, disruptive Ugly American cousin-with-issues Fred? Nothing. The film grabs you from their first bickering exchange in Ted’s apartment building, and never lets go, not because of fast-paced editing or shiny visuals (though the film doesn’t drag and Barcelona at night is a wonder) but because of the clever dialogue. Whit Stillman makes films for people who love to read, yet they are not stilted exercises in “Masterpiece Theater”-style draftsmanship but laugh-out-loud exchanges of opinion between engaging people who just happen to see the world in sometimes very/ sometimes slightly different ways. It’s like “Friends” if that cast suddenly grew brains. Give this movie five minutes, and it will suck you in like a vacuum.
Ultimately, what grabs me is how the film is so chock full of life, of people who haven’t got much of a clue about life winging it and hazarding the consequences. I remember those days. Ted pledges to date “only plain or even homely women” because he thinks beauty obscures the true essence of love. Fred tells people his cousin is into the Marquis de Sade and leather underwear because he thinks it makes Ted more interesting to the ladies than the Bible-reading goody-goody Ted really is.
Actually, Fred may be on to something. It seems to help Ted in meeting his dream woman Montserrat. Ted and Montserrat are an odd couple. He wrestles earnestly with his religion and believes in salesmanship as a means of understanding life, while she is a free-living, free-loving Spaniard who thinks leaving her native land for America will condemn her future children to a life of hamburger-eating zombiedom.
I was in Barcelona in 1981 myself and saw first-hand how beautiful and magical the place truly is. I also saw the anti-Americanism and anti-“OTAN”ism prevalent there. Stillman isn’t overselling the negative attitudes many in Spain and throughout Europe had of the United States during those critical days of the Cold War. It’s a good thing they got that out of their system, huh? The movie could have been heavy-handed in this way, but never allows itself to be, not with all those funny ant analogies. Ramon, the left-wing writer who fingers Fred for being a member of the CIA (or the AFL-CIA, as Ramon is convinced the labor union and the intelligence agency are somehow connected), is not stupid or mean, but just like Ted and Fred, a little too caught up in his own ideas of how things are, or as Ted puts it in a moment of truth at the hospital, another person given to filtering reality through his own colossal egotism.
Whit Stillman seems to be averaging two films a decade now, and it’s a shame. He and Chris Eigeman need to make more movies together. I never get tired of Eigeman’s snarky charm, or Stillman’s ability to create films equally rich in one-liners and in context. “Barcelona” was the finest of Stillman’s three efforts, with the best story and backdrop, but the earlier “Metropolitan” was not far behind. “Last Days of Disco,” the most recent Stillman film, wasn’t as good as the first two, but is engaging and absorbing enough on its own terms. If you haven’t seen any of them, start with this one.
[The DVD contains several interesting deleted scenes and an alternative ending which might have made the film a bit darker but wouldn’t have disrupted anything essential. Still, it’s hard to argue with an ending that has Montserrat bite into an authentic American hamburger and pronounce it “incredible.” At least unless you’re a vegetarian, in which case Fred would probably say that’s your problem.]
Americans in Love in Spain
“Barcelona” is a conversational movie, driven by witty, inventive dialogue. The two main protagonists are cousins; white collar, American, male twenty-somethings. One is the Barcelona sales representative of an American company, the other a recently arrived Naval attaché. Set in the early 1980s, together they navigate the Spanish singles scene while trying to excel in their chosen professions. This doesn’t sound like much, but it’s really a hoot. The movie’s core is the pair’s verbal jousting, both with one another, and with the Spanish women they try to woo. It has a couple of sub-plots to keep things interesting, and just bubbles along. I recommend this highly, especially as a movie to see with a date.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Whit Stillman
Writer Whit Stillman
Actors Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, Tushka Bergen
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm