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The lives of a great artist, a corrupted holy man, and a beautiful woman cross paths at a crucial moment in history in this epic-scale historical drama from director Milos Forman. Near the end of the 18th century, Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgård) is a gifted but controversial artist whose provocative and often satirical work has earned the enmity of the Spanish government as well as the Catholic Church, who hold tremendous power as the Inquisition rages. Surprisingly, Brother Lorenzo (Javier Bardem), a monk involved in the Inquisition, has hired Goya to paint a portrait of himself, and to prove to the Inquisitor General (Michel Lonsdale) he's not in cahoots with the renegade artist, Lorenzo targets Inés (Natalie Portman), one of Goya's favorite models, as a possible heretic. Under torture from Lorenzo, Inés signs a false confession, and her wealthy and powerful father, Tomás Bilbatúa (José Luis Gómez), offers Lorenzo a taste of his own medicine by brow-beating him into signing a document confessing that his mother was an ape. Lorenzo flees Spain as his reputation lies in tatters, and Goya earns greater infamy as he paints a wildly unflattering portrait of Queen María Luisa (Blanca Portillo) under commission from her husband, King Carlos IV (Randy Quaid), but Inés remains in prison thanks to her coerced confession. Fifteen years later, Lorenzo has become a follower of the Enlightenment, and returns to Spain as Napoleon's forces storm the nation and the Inquisition finally collapses; Lorenzo attempts to liberate Inés from prison, but a shocking discovery awaits him. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 20, 2007

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Goya Awards Reyes Abades Best Special Effects 2006 Nominee
Goya Awards Yvonne Blake Best Costume Design 2006 Nominee

Cast

Javier Bardem
as Lorenzo
Natalie Portman
as Inés
Stellan Skarsgård
as Francisco Goya
Randy Quaid
as King Carlos IV
José Luis Gómez
as Tomás Bilbatúa
Michel Lonsdale
as Inquisitor General
Mabel Rivera
as Maria Isabel Bilbatua
Blanca Portillo
as Queen María Luisa
Unax Ugalde

Crew

Milos Forman
Director
Saul Zaentz
Producer
Milos Forman
Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Carrière
Screenwriter
Javier Aguirresarobe
Cinematographer
Adam Boome
Editor
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Production Designer
Mark Albela
Co-producer
Denise O'dell
Co-producer
Paul Zaentz
Executive Producer
Yvonne Blake
Costume Designer
Michelle Guish
Casting
Camilla-Valentine Isola
Casting
Mark Albela
Line Producer
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