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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Not brilliant but very watchableBy a customer , 18 Oct 2012Has no clear purpose and no clear message.
It is all about the filth and violence of the past.
I does not say enough about Goya.
Bardem is brilliant and saves the movie. I give it 3. 5 stars for Bardem.
PS Bardem is not playing Goya as everybody would expect...
A lesson in art and historyBy davidwaugh58 (5 reviews) , 04 Apr 2012I suffered a lot of European history at school, mostly through plain text books with a few maps in black and white, so it's fascinating now to revisit those lessons through the media of film. We see world events and history unfold through the lives of characters who lived during those times. Add the that the actions and way in which the church sought to impose its will and power on the masses.
This film has several chapters, some more accomplished than others. It starts well and certainly Natalie Portman gets 10/10, but perhaps the film tries to cover too much ground towards the end and the quality of the film struggles in its later stages.
Neverless this film is all you need to know about the turmoil in Europe under the inquisition and the way in which Napoleon brought it to an end.
Goya's WorldBy Cato (774 reviews) from Lydbury North , 19 Jan 2012For a film of 2006 this somehow seemed like one of those blockbusters of the fifties, with its OTT acting and scenes. The acting is first rate in an overblown sort of way with Stellan Starsgard standing out as Goya. A good film for a winter's evening, historically interesting with some great views of Goya's art.
Atmospheric and Excellent Historical FilmBy a customer , 24 Aug 2011This excellent historical film really held my attention from the beginning. The film was very atmospheric and quite harrowing to watch but very interesting. Great acting all round.
Goya in HistoryBy LaBalls (5 reviews) from Brighton, England , 06 May 2011An interesting historical costume drama with some great acting from all three main actors (Portman, Bardem, Skarsgard).
Less about Goya the man and more about what he observed in his life (notably he seems unable to change the fate of any character in this film despite his protagonist status). More about his works of art were sadly lacking in the second half of the film.
Bardem as Lorenzo does an excellent job of showing the damage one man can do - when supported by religion, wealth and politics.
Brilliant scene when Ines's father proves his point about being 'put to question' at the dinner table. An excellent moment of cinema. Sadly it wasn't all at that level of brilliance. Still worth a watch.