Goyas Ghosts

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Academy Award nominees Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem star in two-time Academy Award winning director Milos Forman's thrilling new romantic drama. Goya's Ghosts is a sweeping historical epic, told through the eyes of celebrated Spanish painter Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgard). Set against the backdrop of political turmoil at the end of the Spanish Inquisition and start of the invasion of Spain by Napoleon's army, the film captures the essence and beauty of Goya's work which is best known for both the colorful depictions of the royal court and its people, and his grim depictions of the brutality of war and life in 18th century Spain. When Goya's beautiful muse (Portman) is accused of being a heretic, renowned painter Francisco Goya must convince his old friend Lorenzo (Bardem), a power-hungry monk and leader of the Spanish Inquisition, to spare her life.

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Studio Sony
SKU 206672123
UPC 043396198104
UPC 14 00043396198104
Format DVD
Release Date 11/24/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Bardem,Javier
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Cast & Crew
Adam Boome - Editor
Ana Viana - Art Director
Eduardo Hidalgo - Art Director
Javier Aguirresarobe - Cinematographer
Javier Bardem - Actor
Jean-Claude Carriere - Writer
Jose Nieto - Original Music By
Mark Albela - Producer
Milos Forman - Director
Milos Forman - Writer
Natalie Portman - Actor
Patrizia von Brandenstein - Production Designer
Paul Zaentz - Executive Producer
Randy Quaid - Actor
Stellan Skarsgard - Actor
Varhan Orchestrovich Bauer - Original Music By
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghosts" is an extraordinarily beautiful film that plays almost like an excuse to generate its images. Like the Goya prints being examined by the good fathers of the Inquisition in the opening scene, the images stand on their own, resisting the pull toward narrative, yet adding up to a portrait of grotesque people debased by their society...The actors invest their characters with surprising depth, considering how the plot has to keep so many story lines afloat. Skarsgard makes Goya into a man with a wonderful smile, an affable manner, and the confidence of an artist who stands outside the rules. Bardem, without making too much a point of it, shows an ambitious man, not enthusiastically evil but capable of the occasional vileness, who can convince himself he is both an inquisitor for the church and a prosecutor for the emperor (the same job, really). Portman plays Ines as a beautiful young girl and as a haggard torture victim, and Alicia as a vulnerable prostitute, all with fearless conviction. And Quaid, in a smaller role as the king, is an inspired if unexpected casting choice, as in a scene where he performs on a violin and almost bashfully confesses he composed the piece himself.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Bardem,Javier
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer ...shoots like a cannonball into the solar plexus. I can't remember when I've been so physically and mentally shattered.
Glenn Kenny, Premiere ...one of Forman's most ambitious and daring films...

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