Goya's Ghosts details
|Starring:||Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Randy Quaid, Javier Bardem, Blanca Portillo, Michael Lonsdale|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Original title||Los Fantasmas de Goya|
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Aug 2007|
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As much a political historical piece, as a biography of Goya.By PaulaWestwood (397 reviews) from Ashton-Under-Lyne , 08 May 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]If you are reading this because you might be interested in seeing period style semi-fact based dramas, this is brilliantly done, and should be a a mustn't miss for you !... If you are not completely into historically fascinating period pieces then this still might keep you interested, but you may find it a bit drawn out.
Highlighting the fluctuating fortunes of Spain in the 1800's, and the life of artist Goya appointed to the court of King Carlos IV, the film exposes the inquisition and its horrific 'witch hunt' inquisitors and the changes brought by the invasion by Napoleons French forces and onto the English who invaded shortly after.
It is as much an historical political piece as a biography of Goya, and is very good indeed at what it does. Well worth watching.
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Disappointing biopic that plods alongBy a customer from Lymington , 07 Sep 2010The film begins with the Inquisition, the controversial Goya and the betrayal of his muse Ines by Lorenzo. With the moral arguments of the film laid bare, it then jumps to fifteen years later and the Frenchs arrival to reintroduce the cast and throw in more unbelievable plot twists but not tell us enough about Goya.
Milos Forman (director) ransacks the chronicles of European history in Goya's Ghosts, spanning Spanish sagas from the Inquisition to Napoleon's invasion and subsequent defeat by the British. Even with remarkable attention to period detail in production and costume design, these are not enough to carry the film's befuddled plot and with the excellent cast of Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem and Stellan Skarsgard, this biopic ends up being a mostly engaging, yet potholed ride through stifling historical times.
It's an odd basis for a biopic, questioning away from rather than into the soul of the artist, but Goya's Ghosts doesn't work. Sadly, Goya is not the heart of the story but its spine; just an excuse to give more attention-grabbing threads something in common. It's the ostensible painter who ends up being the ghost, afloat in the backdrop of the action without really contributing to it.
goya's ghostBy a customer from nottingham , 28 Aug 2010Excellent film, I was not expecting much but was pleasently surprised with the actors and the story. Well worth watching even if you know nothing about Goya.
Goya's GoodBy Crookshanks (327 reviews) from Newport, Shropshire , 23 Aug 2010I watched this film a while ago when it was on Film4. I'm a big Art History fan so wanted to see it purely for the Goya story. I was slightly disapointed that this movie wasn't so much about Goya but more about what was going on around him at the time (in the church) and his relationship with one of his models. There wasn't much about his art works, which was a shame. The acting was brilliant and production wise it was a beautiful film.
Goya's GhostsBy Pebbly (84 reviews) from Driffield , 16 Aug 2010Fantastic movie. Natalie Portman totally excellent playing Goya's muse, especially in the latter stages of the film. The story was excellent and very realistic of that time. Excellent film.
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Milos does Hugo.....By Stephen from North Cornelly, South Wales , 18 Jul 2010This is historical costume melodrama on the Victor Hugo scale - and very enjoyable too....Javier Bardem gives it the full Claude Frollo and really does carry the film - what a great actor he is and he lights up the film whenever he is on screen. Nathalie Portman is less convincing when in full slap - but still makes a winsome heroine..
But it is essentially the Hugoean plotting that makes this a stand out from the run of the mill gossip-mag, soapy, big screen bodice-fest that fills up the mainstream and ensures that Keira Knightleys work schedule remains choc-a-blockbuster....
Made with a Spanish crew and Irish money, the opening and closing credits are really the only nod towards Goya - who fulfils a role only in terms of historical plotting, there is no depth or interpretation and little in the way of exploration of those beastly priests who formed the Spanish Inquisitors or the dashing cove that was Napoleon Bonaparte - who needs it, why spoil a good story when you are in the presence of a first class story teller.
Enjoyable nonsense....nonsense but very enjoyable