From two-time Academy Award® winning director Milos Forman and three-time Academy Award® winning producer Saul Zaentz, Goya's Ghosts
is a sweeping historical epic, told through the eyes of celebrated Spanish painter Francisco Goya
). Set against the backdrop of political turmoil at the end of the Spanish Inquisition and start of the invasion of Spain by Napoleon
's army, the film captures the essence and beauty of Goya's work which is best known for both the colorful depictions of the royal court and its people, and his grim depictions of the brutality of war and life in 18th century Spain.
The film stars an impressive ensemble cast including Skarsgard, Javier Bardem
, and Natalie Portman
, as well as strong supporting roles from Randy Quaid
, Michael Lonsdale
, Jose Luis Gomez and Mabel Rivera. Directed by Milos Forman
, with a screenplay by Forman and Jean-Claude Carrière (Birth
), Goya's Ghosts
is produced by Saul Zaentz.
starts off in Spain in 1792 and tells the story through the eyes of the great Spanish painter Francisco Goya of a group of people caught up in a time of political convulsion and historical change. The action takes place from the later years of the Spanish Inquisition through the invasion of Spain by Napoleon's army to the ultimate defeat of the French and restoration of the Spanish monarchy by Wellington's powerful invading army.
Bardem is Brother Lorenzo, an enigmatic, cunning member of the Inquisition's inner circle who becomes involved with Goya's teenage muse, Ines (Portman), when she is falsely accused of heresy and sent to prison. Skarsgard plays Francisco Goya, the celebrated painter renowned for both his colorful court paintings and his grim depictions of the brutality of war and life in Spain.
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