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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomás Bilbatúa
Inquisitor General
María Isabel Bilbatúa
Ángel Bilbatúa
Álvaro Bilbatúa
Monk 1
Frank Baker ...
Monk 2
Ramón Langa ...
Hooded Monk
Manuel de Blas ...
Pyre Monk
Andrés Lima ...
Confiscating Monk


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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Release Date:

10 November 2006 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Les fantômes de Goya  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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£49,660 (UK) (4 May 2007)


$1,000,045 (USA) (22 November 2007)

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When asked why a film about such a quintessentially Spanish artist was made in English, the director replied "I don't speak Spanish." See more »


When Ines is kneeling in Lorenzo's office, the mic is visible at the top of the screen, above and to the left of her head. See more »


Brother Lorenzo: There will be no liberty for the enemies of liberty!
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A Bleak Masterpiece on the Nightmare of History
30 August 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I think Goya is after all just a pretext. What Forman wanted to talk about is how people are overwhelmed by history. It's a difficult idea to be grasped for people who live in wealthy societies where nothing much happens and the biggest problems are having more money than you already have and what to do on Saturday night. But Forman manages to show you how you can be powerless and doomed when history moves fast--too fast. The real protagonist of the story is not the painter, but the former Dominican priest, whose life is totally changed--and ultimately destroyed--by the big historical events (the French Revolution, the French invasion of Spain, the English invasion of Spain, the Restoration). The same may be said for the other characters in the story. Goya is there as a witness, and as the symbolic figure of the artist who manages to create something even out of utter destruction. One could say that Goya's Ghosts are exactly those people and events Goya witnessed and can't get rid of, so that he has to turn them into drawings and paintings; but the term "ghost" also refers to what individuals are like in those moments when everything is changing and moving towards God knows what goal. The priest and the young girl and all the other people in the story are just pawns of history, who strut and fret on the stage and then disappear. Ghosts, because they can be annihilated in any moment. It's a sad truth, but it's truth, notwithstanding Hollywood's mythologies of super-heroes that can win against all odds. Joyce said that history is a nightmare one tries to wake up from; Forman showed us the nightmare, and the last nightmarish scene of this movie is one of those you can't forget.

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