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Goya's Ghosts (2006)

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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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Milos Forman
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Bardem ... Lorenzo
Natalie Portman ... Inés / Alicia
Stellan Skarsgård ... Francisco Goya
Randy Quaid ... King Carlos IV
José Luis Gómez ... Tomás Bilbatúa
Michael Lonsdale ... Inquisitor General
Blanca Portillo ... Queen María Luisa
Mabel Rivera ... María Isabel Bilbatúa
Unax Ugalde ... Ángel Bilbatúa
Fernando Tielve ... Álvaro Bilbatúa
David Calder ... Monk 1
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... Monk 2
Ramón Langa Ramón Langa ... Hooded Monk
Manuel de Blas ... Pyre Monk
Andrés Lima Andrés Lima ... Confiscating Monk
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Storyline

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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Tell me what the truth is


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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Les fantômes de Goya See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,671, 22 July 2007

Gross USA:

$1,000,626

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,448,082
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Near the end, when the king appears in the balcony at the execution scene, some people yell "Vivan las cadenas!" (Long live the chains!). This salute was coined in 1814 by Spanish monarchists when Fernando VII was restored to the throne with absolute powers, thus abolishing the Constitution of Cadiz, which was established by Napoleonic authorities. See more »

Goofs

When Goya unveils the unflattering portrait of the queen, she is deeply offended. Actually, queen Maria Louisa liked that portrait so much that she made Goya the first court painter. See more »

Quotes

Hooded Monk: Are you prepared to swear on the holy cross that you're telling the truth?
Inés: About the pork?
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Referenced in Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #2.7 (2016) See more »

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Domine Jesu Christie (Offertorium)
Performed by Aurora Surgit
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Goya in the background
17 August 2007 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

A film by Milos Forman is always an event. This will probably not remain as one of the best in his career, and was surrounded by a level of controversy, not the least among critics who received it very differently. Yet, it is certainly a film to watch.

The story actually does not have Goya (Stellan Skarsgård) in the center. It is rather the story of a corrupt morality policeman of the 18th century (Javier Bardem) imprisoning a young girl (Natalie Portman) on the unjust suspicion of practicing Judaism in secret. It is the story of a police state built on social injustice relying on pretended moral puritanism in order to save the system. This happens at the price of huge human suffering like the drama in the center of the story, and here is the painter as a witness, living the dilemma of becoming involved as a human or remaining a witness as an artist. We know what path Goya chose.

I was not unhappy neither with the acting, nor with the story line, although it is a little bit too melo-dramatic and too much prone to coincidences. Forman is not so much focused on the drama or better say melo-drama, or even in the historical detail, although he seems to be on familiar ground getting back to the period in 'Amadeus'. What he is busy with seems to be more re-creating some of Goya's paintings and prints and tracing back the origin of inspiration of these masterpieces. In a way the film can be read as justification of the choice Goya made in life.


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