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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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
Good FilmBy a customer from Mansfield UK , 13 Jul 2010Enjoyed it thoroughly, didn't expect to. It is a short period in Goyas life and showed a man well respected by the church but he was always fearful of the inquisition. Were the other characters historically correct? I don't know, but it did make a good film story and not boring at all
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Worth the watchBy a customer from Devon England , 29 Jun 2010The title is very misleading, Goya's character is hardly developed, the main focus is Lorenzo and his invovlement in the Inquisition, French revolution and British Invision. However don't be put off, Bardem plays the role marvelously, he is very creepy! It's visually stunning as well. Portman is slightly dissapointing but the overall cast (there are alot of minor characters) aren't.
Fantastic and touching!!!By a customer from stockport , 03 Jun 2010A very sad story, beautifully played by N. Portman and J Bardem. The film caused many discussions about motives of almost every character....
Unfortunately not a lot of Goya's art in it.
Historical dramaBy a customer from Exeter , 29 Jan 2010Javier Bardem carries this film as an ambiguous priest at the beginning. Ambiguous because you never quite know if he's evil or not. The film is an eye opener for the political and religious turmoil of the time and the overwhelming power of the church in Spain. It shows that in spite of wealth and power and a very good scene with the priest played by Bardem, there is little you can do once the church has made a decision. It's heartbreaking too. Beautifully acted and put together.