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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

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Goya Joven (as Jose Coronado)
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Rosario (as Dafne Fernádez)
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Leocadia (as Eulalia Ramón)
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Godoy (as Jose María Pou)
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Mujer en Andalucía
Franco di Francescantonio ...
Doctor en Andalucía
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Juan Valdés (as Carlos Hipolito)
Manuel de Blas ...
Salcedo
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Braulio Poe (as Pedro Azorin)
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José de la Cruz (as Emilio Gutierrez Caba)
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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama | War

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Rated R for some sexuality and violent imagery | See all certifications »
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12 November 1999 (Spain)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Frida (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Tambourine for Piano
Composed by François Couperin
Performed by Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
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Confused and confusing.
1 November 2000 | by (Boston,MA,USA) – See all my reviews

I do not know the price tag for this film, but my guess is that they could have used more dough. The Napoleonic Wars are hard to do on a budget. Tableau representations of Goya's works were charming. They went on too long and the acting added in was pure ham. The whole thing seemed a disjointed mess to me. I was reminded of Ken Russell's "The Music Lovers" in which Richard Chamberlain has a poetic delirium from typhus. Goya was obviously an accomplished political artist, yet the film portrays him as a narcissistic bumbler. As an American, I was impressed with all the overtly sentimental sexism and ageism at the heart of the movie. Old men obviously all dote and drool. Young granddaughters obviously grin and bear it. Wink. Wink. It was all too wholesome to be surreal and too surreal to be taken seriously as history. I had great hopes for it, but I was disappointed.


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