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
Milos Forman cast Randy Quaid as the King of Spain after seeing his work as Tom Parker in Elvis (2005) by phoning him and saying, "You are a great actor. You must be my King or I must repaint Goya". Randy accepted. See more »
The film starts in 1792 with the inquisition examining Goya's etchings "Los Caprichos". In fact, the etchings were not created until 1797. See more »
Performed by The Pride of Murray See more »
I saw it yesterday on film festival. And it was great.
When I was reading the description of the movie, I had some doubts. It seemed it would be yet another film about bad, intolerant catholics and good and democratic atheists. I'm just fed up with that kind of films. But it was not so. In a short - it's a great film with bad description.
What it really is about, is that it doesn't matter what principles one believes in if their life is doesn't match these principles. Both inquisitors and French democrats were capable of same brutality - always, of course, in name of some noble idea - love, freedom, equality... It's not sentimental or pathetic and it doesn't try to tell you what is "the only truth". It simply says that its not principles and ideas that are bad - its people. Characters are very human, with many errors - but, at the same time, each of the characters, even "villains" have moments when you will like them. It is also because the film changes perspective several times, and those who were despots become victims.
Maybe its not the best Forman's film, but it is very good.
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