‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’
We were immediately immersed in the sun-drenched, wine-splashed Spanish setting, following girlfriends on a summer holiday in Barcelona. The 2008 movie, written and directed by Woody Allen, features two American women who become involved with a free-thinking, seductive Spanish artist.
It’s been called a meditation on love, a complicated, messy story of lust and love triangles. We shadowed Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlet Johansson) through the colorful and chaotic streets of the city, captivated by Barcelona’s visual beauty, its art and architecture, and its seductive, jangling energy. We visited Güell Park and its lizard-shaped fountain, stood in the shadows of the Antoni Gaudí-designed Sagrada Familia Cathedral, and strolled lively Las Ramblas.
So provocative is cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe’s filming, that the journey became ours. It’s no wonder that Barcelona contributed money to the making of the movie, calling it a love letter to the city. Watch this film and you’ll want to jump on a plane to Spain. --D.B. & P.W.