(Above) Francisco Rabal as the elder Goya in
has pursued me
throughout my whole life," he says.
always felt a powerful attraction for his
and his personality.
But both are
still a mystery to me."
- Director Carlos Saura
Lolafilms, in association with Italian International Film.
Andres Vicente Gomez; Co-producer: Fulvio Lucisano;
Carlos Saura; Ph: Vittorio Storaro;
design: Pierre-Louis Thevenet;
design: Pedro Moreno; Editor: Julia Juaniz;
Maribel Verdu portrays the Duchess of Alba
Rabal (Goya), Jose Coronado (Goya as a young man),
Fernandez (Rosario), Maribel Verdu (Duchess of Alba),
Ramon (Leocadia), Joaquan Climent (Moratan),
Espinosa (Pepita Tudo), Jose Mara Pou (Godoy),
Garcaa (Priest/San Antonio), Carlos Hipolito (Juan Valdes),
Fura dels Baus. International distribution: Lolafilms.
Movie site HERE.
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Lushly photographed and grandly conceived, Carlos Saura's "Goya
in Bordeaux" never comes alive. It is an homage to the
great Spanish painter, but we must come to the film already
fascinated by Francisco de Goya; if we do not, the film will
not convince us. It is too much a study and an exercise, not
enough a living thing. more
Maybe it's because, like the painter, he's from Aragon (he was
born in the northern Spanish town of Huesca in 1932). Maybe
it's because his own older brother, Antonio, was himself one
of Spain's best-known painters. But mainly, one suspects, it
is because Carlos Saura, like Goya, has spent the best part
of his life capturing the world through colour and light that
it was inevitable that their paths would eventually converge.
More at their site HERE.