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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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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The tan and brown print satin pelisse worn by an extra during the French invasion is the same costume worn by Anna Chancellor (Mrs. Peake) when she comes to the Worrall's house in Princess Caraboo (1994), by Sheila Gish (Mrs. Norris) to Maria's wedding in Mansfield Park (1999), and by an extra in the first church scene in Miss Austen Regrets (2008). See more »

Goofs

When the church is burning Goya's portrait of Lorenzo in the square, the painting is flipped facing right, then left, then right again. See more »

Quotes

Inés: [model pointing at defaced portrait] Why doesn't that painting have a face?
Goya: Because he is a ghost.
Inés: No, he is not.
Goya: Have you ever seen a ghost?
Inés: No. But I have seen a witch.
Goya: Oh, did you?
Inés: Yes, but she had a face.
Goya: So what did she look like?
Inés: She was... all bent and creepy, and she...
[whispers:]
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #2.7 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Ole Andaluz
Traditional
Performed by Grupo de Francisco de Goya
Directed by Jose Fidel Acosta
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Really great
29 March 2007 | by aiculikSee all my reviews

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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