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27 October 1972 (Finland) See more »
As a painter in the court of King Carlos IV, Goya - played by the great Lithuanian actor Donatas Banionis (The Red Tent... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Donatas Banionis ... Goya
Olivera Katarina ... The Duchess of Alba
Fred Düren ... Esteve
Tatyana Lolova ... Queen Maria Luisa
Rolf Hoppe ... Karl IV

Mieczyslaw Voit ... Grand Inquisitor
Mikhail Kozakov ... Gilmarde
Arno Wyzniewski ... Quintana
Lyudmila Chursina ... Pepa
Veriko Anjaparidze ... Mother (as Veriko Andjaparidze)
Ariadna Shengelaia ... Josefa (as Ariadna Shengelaya)

Gustaw Holoubek ... Bermudez
Ernst Busch ... Jovelianos
Petar Slabakov ... Gil
Igor Vasilev

Wolfgang Kieling ... Godoy
Irén Sütö ... Donna Lusia

Andrzej Szalawski ... Abbot
Martin Flörchinger ... Otero
Carmen Herold ... Maria Rosario
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nunuta Hodos ... Eufemia (as N. Jodos)
Predrag Milinkovic
M. Rosario ... Carmella
Günter Schubert

Directed by
Konrad Wolf 
Writing credits
Lion Feuchtwanger (novel)

Angel Vagenshtain (scenario)

Konrad Wolf 

Original Music by
Faradzh Karayev 
Qara Qarayev  (as Kara Karayev)
Cinematography by
Werner Bergmann 
Konstantin Ryzhov 
Film Editing by
Aleksandra Borovskaya 
Production Design by
Alfred Hirschmeier 
Valery Yurkevich 
Costume Design by
Joachim Dittrich 
Ludmila Schildknecht 
Makeup Department
Eduard Fischer .... special makeup effects artist
Ursula Funk .... assistant makeup artist
Günter Hermstein .... makeup artist
Jürgen Holzapfel .... assistant makeup artist
Inge Merten .... assistant makeup artist
Galina Vasilyeva .... makeup artist
Production Management
Herbert Ehler .... production manager
Felix Eskin .... unit manager
Alexej Gussev .... assistant unit manager
Genrikh Khokhlov .... production manager (as Genrich Chochlow)
Viktor Paschtschenko .... assistant unit manager
Horst Schmidt .... unit manager
Werner Teichmann .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doris Borkmann .... assistant director
Ludmila Galba .... assistant director
Iris Gusner .... assistant director
Jürgen Klauß .... assistant director
Stevan Petrovic .... assistant director (as Stevo Petrovic)
Vladimir Sinilo .... assistant director
Vladimir Stepanov .... assistant director
Emilia Suhorukowa .... assistant director
Art Department
Valentina Kulishova .... property master: outdoor
Kurt Pentzien .... property master: outdoor
Willi Schafer .... set builder
Gisela Schulze .... set builder
Vladimir Slonjevski .... set builder
Yelizaveta Urlina .... set builder
Helfried Winzer .... set builder
Werner Zieschang .... set builder
Sound Department
Garri Belenky .... sound
Jakob Haron .... sound
Werner Klein .... sound
Eduard Vanunts .... sound
Yefim Yudin .... sound
Special Effects by
Alexej Arjefjew .... optical effects
Aleksander Sawjalow .... optical effects
Georgi Senotow .... optical effects
Yevgeni Vladimirov .... optical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Victor Litovchenko .... gaffer
Peter Meister .... gaffer
Genadi Nesterenko .... assistant camera
Anatoli Rodionov .... assistant camera
Jefim Sarch .... gaffer
Arkadi Zager .... still photographer (as Arkadi Sager)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lydia Dutko .... assistant costume designer
Wolfgang Güldemeister .... assistant costume designer
Other crew
Adolf Arnold .... stage manager
Alexander Dymschitz .... script editor
Yuri Iwanov .... stage manager
Walter Janka .... script editor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Goya" - East Germany (imdb display title), USA (short title), Yugoslavia (Croatian title) (imdb display title), Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (imdb display title)
"Goya or the Hard Path of Knowledge" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment" - USA (long title)
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136 min
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No Inquisition, no torture, 26 January 2015
Author: lreynaert from Belgium

In their movies about Francisco Goya, Konrad Wolf and Miloš Forman give the Spanish Court painter a totally different role. Also, those movies were shot in two different political regimes. But, still they have the same utmost relevant human message. As Oscar Wilde said in his 'The Critic as Artist': 'For when a work is finished, it has an independent life of its own, and may deliver a message far other than that which was put into its lips'. This is absolutely true for Konrad Wolf's movie, which attacked censorship in a totalitarian State.

In the movie by Konrad Wolf 'Goya or the tortuous road to understanding', based on the novel by Lion Feuchtwanger (centered on Goya's private life), the artist is the direct target of the Holy Office's Inquisition, because of his paintings and diabolic etchings. In 'Goya's Ghosts' by Miloš Forman, the painter is a kind of neutral observer or helpful middleman between the Holy Office and the family of an innocent victim of the Inquisition and its bestial 'question'. However, the message of both movies is crystal clear and highly relevant today; first of all, no inquisitional powers with armies of spies and laws propagating denouncements; and, secondly, no torture, because unbearable pain forces totally innocent people to confess anything asked for, which is then considered as the ultimate proof of their guilt by their barbaric interrogators.

The play of the whole cast in Miloš Forman's movie is simply fascinating, but it is not fully convincing in Konrad Wolf's film.

All men and women of good will should view these remarkably courageous masterpieces.

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