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...
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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.
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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