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Goya's Ghosts (2006)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  10 November 2006 (Spain)
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Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.

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Tomás Bilbatúa
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Inquisitor General
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María Isabel Bilbatúa
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Ángel Bilbatúa
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Álvaro Bilbatúa
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Monk 1
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Monk 2
Ramón Langa ...
Hooded Monk
Manuel de Blas ...
Pyre Monk
Andrés Lima ...
Confiscating Monk
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The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter. Written by Ploy P.

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£49,660 (UK) (4 May 2007)

Gross:

$1,000,045 (USA) (22 November 2007)
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The tan and brown print satin pelisse worn an extra during the French invasion is the same costume worn by Anna Chancellor (Mrs. Peake) when she comes to the Worrall's house in Princess Caraboo (1994), by Sheila Gish (Mrs. Norris) to Maria's wedding in Mansfield Park (1999), and by an extra in the first church scene in Miss Austen Regrets (2008). See more »

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When the church is burning Goya's portrait of Lorezno in the square, the painting is flipped facing right, then left, then right again. See more »

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[Bonaparte and Lorenzo are looking at paintings of Maria Luisa]
Joseph Bonaparte: I met her once... don't recall her being quite so ugly though. How did she have so many lovers?
Brother Lorenzo: [smiling] She was the Queen, Your Majesty.
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Brilliant Portrait of Goya and Spain in the 18th/19th Century
22 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Imagine the paintings and drawings of Goya in all their darkness and beauty coming to life - this is Milos Forman's masterful film. Goya (and us)witness the folly of the Spanish royal court, the murderous sadistic perversion of the Catholic Church, the cruel inhumane madness of the Napoleonic War, along with the sensuality and beauty of life passing. This is the film's main focus: to let us experience the time and place as if seen through Francisco de Goya's eyes. As expected of a Milos Forman's film, the locales, the customs, and the overall production replicates the Spain of the late 18th century and early 19th century with the exactitude of a court painting. The cast is also excellent. As an Inquisitor turned a Napoleon's officer, Javier Bardem deserves another Oscar nomination. Stellan Skargsdar as usual does a chameleon-like transformation this time into Goya. Natalie Portman elevates herself into a higher realm of acting as the doomed, beautiful Ines. And Randy Quaid steals the screen for a few seconds as the King. Milos Forman again has given us an emotionally- and intellectually-challenging portrait of a dark era and the role of art and artist. Although some of the dramatization is slightly contrived, the film is compelling and moving and its vision lingers as Goya's art.


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