>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... I am
>perplexed as to why Stillman chose an American to represent the qualities
>of Barcelona women that are a source of endless meditiation.
Stillman has said that he chose the actresses (neither of whom, I believe,
are Spanish) because he wanted women who spoke English as a first language.
 The idea was that he didn't want any of his characteristically talky
dialogue to be at all unintelligible.
-r. k. ferncase
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