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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,000,045, 24 November 2007
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Tomás Bilbatúa: [worried father, to his young daughter] You have received a summons from the Holy Office.
[she sits down]
Tomás Bilbatúa: Do you have any idea what it might be about?
Inés: No...
Tomás Bilbatúa: Where did you go with your brothers last night?
Inés: The tavern.
[shakes her head]
Tomás Bilbatúa: Think. Did you say something sacrilegious?
Inés: [shakes her head] No.
Tomás Bilbatúa: [to his two sons] Was there an incident or something they could hold against her?
[...]
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Pregando
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Written by Arvo Pärt
(c) Universal Edition AG, Viena (Austria)
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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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