|Goya's Ghosts 2006 R, 114 min.|
Director: Milos Forman
Cast: Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Randy Quaid, Blanca Portillo, Michael Lonsdale, Jose Luis Gomez, Mabel Rivera, Craig Stevenson, Julian Wadham, Simon Andreu, Jack Taylor, David Calder
In 18th-century Spain during the Inquisition, painter Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgard) is working on a portrait of the archconservative Brother Lorenzo and, at the same time, is painting a portrait of one of his favorite models, Ines (Natalie Portman). After Ines is arrested on suspicion of being a Jew, she is thrown into prison where she is tortured and then raped by Lorenzo. Her father Tomas (Jose Luis Gomez) begs Goya to intercede. But Goya, who is terrified of the Church, will only stand on the sidelines unwilling to help. Fifteen years later, Napoleon (Craig Stevenson) and his army "liberate" Spain, and Lorenzo is now Napoleon's prosecutor. Ines is set free from prison and tells Lorenzo that they have a daughter. Lorenzo declares Ines insane, institutionalizes her, and sets out to find the daughter. Once again, Goya watches helplessly from the sidelines.
|Rowing with the Wind 1988 R, 105 min.|
Director: Gonzalo Suarez
Cast: Hugh Grant, Lizzy McInnerny, Valentine Pelka, Elizabeth Hurley, Jose Luis Gomez, Virginia Mataix, Ronan Vibert, Jose Carlos Rivas, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Bibi Andersson
The story behind the story of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is revealed as Lord Byron (Hugh Grant), Mary Shelley (Lizzy McInnerny), Percy Bysshe Shelley (Valentine Pelka), Claire Clairmont (Elizabeth Hurley), and Dr. Polidori (Jose Luis Gomez) gather at Lord Byron's villa. But then the drama wanders as it chronicles the events following as one tragedy seems to follow another.
|1. Goya's Ghosts (2006)|
2. Rowing with the Wind (1988)
In The News