1994 film by Whit Stillman
Barcelona is a 1994 film about Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, who is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer in the US Navy.
- Written and directed by Whit Stillman.
- When we were kids I borrowed some things. It was never ever theft! In each case I either told you... or was about to.
- You are far weirder than someone merely into S&M. At least they have a tradition. We have some idea what S&M is about. There’s movies and books about it. But so far as I know, there is nothing to explain the way you are.
- Positive thinking is fine in theory. But whenever I try it on a systematic basis... I end up really depressed.
- You see, that's one of the great things about getting involved with someone from another country. You can't take it personally. What's really terrific is that when we act in ways which might objectively seem asshole-ish or, or, incredibly annoying, they don't get upset at all. They don't take it personally. They just assume it's some national characteristic.
- Have you ever heard of Maneuver X? When you get deeply into sales, you realize that every major transaction involves a mini identity crisis for the buyer. You think, "Green carpet. Am I really a green carpet person?" In romance, the same thing applies but on a humongous scale. But what is Maneuver X? It's removing all pressure, creating a space that the customer has to affirmatively cross. Only by disappearing more thoroughly and inexplicably than Montserrat can I change the current dynamic. Will it? I don't know. I think it will. If not, I'm dead.
- I don't go to bed with just anyone anymore. I have to be attracted to them sexually.
- Ted: Here in Barcelona, everything was swept aside. The world was turned upside down and stayed there.
- Fred: Has it ever occurred to you that maybe the world was upside down before, and now it's right side up?
- Woman: You can't say Americans are not more violent than other people.
- Fred: No.
- Woman: All those people killed in shootings in America?
- Fred: Oh, shootings, yes. But that doesn't mean Americans are more violent than other people. We're just better shots.
- Marta: I think there is something fascist about a boy who immediately talks of marrying a woman he likes.
- Fred: I don’t think Ted is a fascist of the marrying kind.
- Ted: Maybe you'd like an analogy. Well, take... take these ants. In the U.S. view, a small group, or cadre, of fierce red ants have taken power and are oppressing the black ant majority. Now the stated U.S. policy is to aid those black ants opposing the red ants in hopes of restoring democracy, and to impede the red ants from assisting their red ant comrades in neighboring ant colonies.
- Ramon: That is clearly the most disgusting description of U.S. policy I have ever heard. The Third World is just a lot of ants to you.
- Jurgen: Those are people dying, not ants.
- Ted: No, I... I don't think you understand. I was reducing everything to ant scale, the... the U.S. included. An ant White House, an ant CIA, an ant Congress, an ant Pentagon...
- Ramon: Secret ant landing strips, illegally established on foreign soil.
- Fred: Where are the red ants?
- Ted: [pointing to an ant hill] There.
- [Fred crushes the ants]
- Fred: Maybe you can clarify something for me. Since I've been, you know, waiting for the fleet to show up, I've read a lot, and...
- Ted: Really?
- Fred: And one of the things that keeps popping up is about "subtext." Plays, novels, songs - they all have a "subtext," which I take to mean a hidden message or import of some kind. So subtext we know. But what do you call the message or meaning that's right there on the surface, completely open and obvious? They never talk about that. What do you call what's above the subtext?
- Ted: The text.
- Fred: OK, that's right, but they never talk about that.
- Americans. Anti Americans. In Love