Title: Goya in Bordeaux AKA: Year: 1999 Original title: Goya en Burdeos Runtime: 99 mins 52 secs Country: Spain | Italy Language: Spanish | French Subtitles: English (.srt) Genre: Biography | Drama | War
Director: Carlos Saura
Cast: Francisco Rabal ... Goya José Coronado ... Goya Joven (as Jose Coronado) Dafne Fernández ... Rosario (as Dafne Fernádez) Eulàlia Ramon ... Leocadia (as Eulalia Ramón) Maribel Verdú ... Duquesa de Alba Joaquín Climent ... Moratín Cristina Espinosa ... Pepita Tudó Josep Maria Pou ... Godoy (as Jose María Pou) Saturnino García ... Cura y San Antonio Concha Leza ... Mujer en Andalucía Franco di Francescantonio ... Doctor en Andalucía Carlos Hipólito ... Juan Valdés (as Carlos Hipolito) Manuel de Blas ... Salcedo Pedro Azorín ... Braulio Poe (as Pedro Azorin) Emilio Gutiérrez Caba ... José de la Cruz (as Emilio Gutierrez Caba)
Plot / Synopsis:
Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his much younger wife Leocadia and their daughter Rosario. He continues to paint at night, and in flashbacks stirred by conversations with his daughter, by awful headaches, and by the befuddlement of age, he relives key times in his life, particularly his relationship with the Duchess of Alba, his discovery of how he wanted to paint (insight provided by Velázquez's work), and his lifelong celebration of the imagination. Throughout, his reveries become tableaux of his paintings.
Bordeaux, 1828: exiled from his native Spain, Francisco de Goya (Rabal), now aged 82, spends his final days in a house shared with his lover Leocadia (Ramón). He recounts the events of his life to their young daughter Rosarito (Fernández), cueing flashbacks to his time as court painter to King Charles IV, and his passionate affair with the intoxicating Duchess of Alba, who still haunts his thoughts. He describes the torment at going deaf at 46, and his anguish over the destruction of Spain during years of political turmoil, reflected in the tone of his later paintings. This is Saura's dream project and his dedication to it is evident in the detailed exposition. At once colourful, opulent and dark, it captures the delights and demons of genius. Singular, intriguing, mesmerising, there are rich rewards here for lovers of painting, history and spectacle.
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