Goya in Bordeaux
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Carlos Saura, one of the finest and most distinctive filmmakers in the Spanish cinema, wrote and directed this biographical epic concerning one of Spain's greatest artists, the painter Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. On his deathbed, Goya (Francisco Rabal), attended by his mistress, Leocadia (Eulalia Ramon) and their daughter, Rosario (Dafne Fernandez), is plagued by hallucinations and frequent visions of the beautiful Cayetana (Maribel Verdu) as his mind reels through the events of his life. As a young man, Goya (played in his younger days by Jose Coronado) became the court painter to King… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The effort conveys the clumsy earnestness of an elaborately produced high school pageant."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A plodding production."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Offers an unflinching and original look at the Spanish painter who spent his last years living in exile in France."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A visually pleasing but unmoving biopic of the 18th-century Spanish painter Francisco Goya."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Visually extravagant and aurally luxuriant, intriguingly episodic and thematically enigmatic, both sumptuous and visionary."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Worth a look."
‑ Robert Horton, Film.com
"pedestrian introduction to his works and supplying some tepid amusement for his connoisseurs"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"When the film, as it frequently does, sticks to traditional dialog sans music, it quickly grinds to a halt."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Despite good intentions, Goya in Bordeaux ends up more frustrating than entertaining."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Exquisite technique and deep passion come together so forcefully, so beautifully, as in the work of Spanish director Carlos Saura."
‑ Michael Thomson, BBC
"Lushly photographed and grandly conceived, Carlos Saura's Goya in Bordeaux never comes alive."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Magnificent biopic of painter, gripping and inventive"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Love it or hate it, you can't forget Saura's style."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"Lushly photographed and grandly conceived, Carlos Saura's Goya in Bordeaux never comes alive."
‑ , E! Online
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