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Goya in Bordeaux (1999)

Goya en Burdeos (original title)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Goya Joven (as Jose Coronado)
Rosario (as Dafne Fernádez)
Leocadia (as Eulalia Ramón)
Cristina Espinosa ...
Pepita Tudó
Godoy (as Jose María Pou)
Saturnino García ...
Cura y San Antonio
Concha Leza ...
Mujer en Andalucía
Franco di Francescantonio ...
Doctor en Andalucía
Juan Valdés (as Carlos Hipolito)
Manuel de Blas ...
Pedro Azorín ...
Braulio Poe (as Pedro Azorin)
José de la Cruz (as Emilio Gutierrez Caba)


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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Release Date:

12 November 1999 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Goya in Bordeaux  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$47,962 (USA) (15 September 2000)


$716,592 (USA) (19 January 2001)

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2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Strange coincidence: the actor Francisco Rabal not only plays the old Goya but in real life also died in Bordeaux, in 2001, two years after premiering the film. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Frida (2002) See more »


Quintet, op 31
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
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A boring stage play pretending to be a movie
8 May 2005 | by (Salem, OR) – See all my reviews

Using obvious soundstages, totally unconvincing actors, and dialogue straight out of the "follow your dreams" playbook of tired clichés, the director manages to reduce the fascinating life of one of Spain's greatest painters to absolute tedium. Perhaps its fitting that it is titled "Goya in Bordeaux" as it certainly captures the flavor of the artist's dull last years spent there, essentially dying. For myself, I'm waiting for someone to make "Goya in Madrid" which will, hopefully, depict the dizzying rise of a provincial Aragonese teenager to the coveted title of Court Painter.

Maybe the guy who did that Mozart film will have a go at it.


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