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Goya in Bordeaux (1999)
"Goya en Burdeos" (original title)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, War  |  12 November 1999 (Spain)
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Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his ... See full summary »

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Francisco Rabal ...
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Goya Joven (as Jose Coronado)
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Rosario (as Dafne Fernádez)
Eulàlia Ramon ...
Leocadia (as Eulalia Ramón)
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Joaquín Climent ...
Moratín
Cristina Espinosa ...
Pepita Tudó
Josep Maria Pou ...
Godoy (as Jose María Pou)
Saturnino García ...
Cura y San Antonio
Concha Leza ...
Mujer en Andalucía
Franco di Francescantonio ...
Doctor en Andalucía
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Juan Valdés (as Carlos Hipolito)
Manuel de Blas ...
Salcedo
Pedro Azorín ...
Braulio Poe (as Pedro Azorin)
Emilio Gutiérrez Caba ...
José de la Cruz (as Emilio Gutierrez Caba)
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Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his much younger wife Leocadia and their daughter Rosario. He continues to paint at night, and in flashbacks stirred by conversations with his daughter, by awful headaches, and by the befuddlement of age, he relives key times in his life, particularly his relationship with the Duchess of Alba, his discovery of how he wanted to paint (insight provided by Velázquez's work), and his lifelong celebration of the imagination. Throughout, his reveries become tableaux of his paintings. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some sexuality and violent imagery | See all certifications »
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$47,962 (USA) (15 September 2000)

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$716,592 (USA) (19 January 2001)
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In some copies on the film, when Goya's daughter Rosario is showing him her drawing, sitting on an easel in the background we see "La lechera de Burdeos/The Milkmaid of Bordeaux", one of the artist's last paintings. The image we see is reversed - the milkmaid is facing to the right and in the original she faces to the left. This is so due to the fact that the negative of some DVDs and some release prints is inverted in a brief middle section of the film that includes this scene. Another scene is that in which he is commissioned to paint the frescoes of San Antonio de la Florida Chapel. See more »

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Quintet, op 31
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
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A Stirring Journey into Goya's Psyche
23 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A psychological portrait of Goya in his last days, the film illuminates his art and complexities. An invocation of Goya's paintings and drawings in their hallucinatory themes and colors, we are presented with a stream of consciousness narrative in which the great and influential Spanish master reminisces about his past glories and failures, his joys and sorrows, his loves and loses, and the darkness and light that forged his work.

This Carlos Saura's film is as visionary and evocative as Goya's art and should not be be missed by anyone who is interested in art, the creative process, and the conflicting forces in artists' lives.


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