Brushed with brutality

Review C+

September 07, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

The creative team behind the movie version of Amadeus, director Milos Forman and producer Saul Zaentz, return to themes from their biggest success with Goya's Ghosts - and emerge spattered in blood, not glory.

They trace the survival skills and elusive morality of Spanish artist Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgard) through his relationships with influential subjects: Queen Maria Luisa (Blanco Portillo) and King Carlos IV (Randy Quaid - yes, Randy Quaid); Father Lorenzo (Javier Bardem), an invented leader of the Spanish Inquisition; and Ines Bilbatua (Natalie Portman), a fictitious Goya muse.

Goya's Ghosts (IDP) Starring Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgard, Natalie Portman. Directed by Milos Forman. Rated R. Time 113 minutes.

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