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On July 23 of 1802, the Duchess of Alba, the richest and most liberated woman of her time, offers a gala to inaugurate her new palace. Attendance is extraordinary: the Prime Minister Manuel... See full summary »

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Bigas Luna

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Cuca Canals (screenplay), Bigas Luna | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Duquesa de Alba
Penélope Cruz ... Pepita Tudó
Jordi Mollà ... Godoy
Jorge Perugorría ... Francisco Goya
Stefania Sandrelli ... Marie Luisa de Parma
Olivier Achard Olivier Achard ... Grognard
Jean-Marie Juan Jean-Marie Juan ... Pignatelli
Empar Ferrer Empar Ferrer ... Catalina Barajas
María Alonso María Alonso ... Condesa de Chinchón
Zoe Berriatúa Zoe Berriatúa ... Príncipe Fernando
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos Bardem
Ayanta Barilli Ayanta Barilli ... Duquesa de Osuna
Pepe Cantero Pepe Cantero ... Jefe de policía (as José Cantero)
Javier Coromina
Alberto García Demestres Alberto García Demestres ... (as Alberto Demestres)
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On July 23 of 1802, the Duchess of Alba, the richest and most liberated woman of her time, offers a gala to inaugurate her new palace. Attendance is extraordinary: the Prime Minister Manuel Godoy, the painter Goya and Pepita Tudo, lover of Godoy and his model Goya's famous painting The Nude Maja. The next morning, the Duchess of Alba is found dead in her bed in mysterious circumstances. Based on the novel by Antonio Laretta.

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Release Date:

1 October 1999 (Spain) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Los Vagamundos y Ciegos Fingidos - Villancico a la Muerte de Mahoma
Written by Ventura Galván
Adapted by Alberto García Demestres (as Alberto García Demestres)
Performed by Carles Trepat (guitar), Pere Bardagí (violin and viola), Manuel Martínez del Fresno (cello) and Alberto García Demestres (tenor)
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An interesting story but really a loss of talent
14 September 2002 | by garp_emilianoSee all my reviews

It's a deception: maybe the worst (with "Bambola") of director Luna: solemn and inaccurated, the ever greater Aitana Sánchez Gijón was booh-ed receiving her award at San Sebastian Festival, 'cause the spaniard critics really went angry on that film. Almost located entirely on dark locations (except the first scene: a bizarre catholic procession in supposed Cádiz fields) is a really boring film about the mistery of Duquesa de Alba's death. The casting election of good cuban actor Perugorría (also in "Bambola") is possibly the only daring and interesting aspect of the film, being really a strange voice for "Pancho" (as called by Cayetana) Goya... who only paints "La Maja" on film. Jordi Mollá as powerful "Prince of Peace" Godoy is clearly undeveloped here, while Penélope Cruz shows limitated as always. Last point: the generous sexual scenes, as expected on Luna, includes a fetichist one on beautiful Aitana's feet.


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