Writer-director Carlos Saura, one of the world’s great film-makers, hauntingly explores the life, loves and work of the artist Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) in this 1999 Spanish biographical drama.
This ravishing film is one of the most gorgeous films in recent memory, thanks to the dazzling images of three-Oscar-winning photographer Vittorio Storaro, and also the production designs of Pierre-Louis Thévenet.
Franciso Rabal stars as the deaf and ill 82-year-old Goya, who lives with his last lover in Bordeaux exile in protest at the oppressive regime of Ferdinand VII. He reconstructs the main events of his life as a young man (played by José Coronado) for his daughter Rosario (Dafne Fernandez), especially his doomed passion for the Duchess of Alba (Maribel Verdù).
Also in the cast are Eulalia Ramon, Maribel Verdu, José Maria Pu and Saturnino Garcia.
Music by Couperin, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.
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