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June 1995, Week 2


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James Zackary Allen <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 9 Jun 1995 14:04:06 -0500
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Last night I watched Whit Stillman's newest film _Barcelona_ in which two
American males discussed life and romance while living in Spain during the
last decade of the Cold War.  Much was made over the differences between
the natives and their American counterparts.  Yet, paradoxically, Stillman
cast Mira Sorvino (daughter of Paul) in the pivotal role of one of the
Spanish women that are discussed, analyzed, and eventually domesticated.
To this viewer, Ms. Sorvino, while obviously a gifted performer, was
decidedly different from the other native women Stillman placed on the
screen. Since Ms. Sorvino has yet to achieve "marquee" status, I am
perplexed as to why Stillman chose an American to represent the qualities
of Barcelona women that are a source of endless meditiation.
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