Goya's Ghosts is a 2006 biographical drama film, directed by Milo Forman (his final directorial feature before his death in 2018), and written by him and Jean-Claude Carrière. The film stars Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, and Stellan Skarsgård, and was filmed on location in Spain during late 2005. The film was written, produced, and performed in English although it is a Spanish production.
Although the historical setting of the film is authentic, the story about Francisco de Goya trying to defend a model is fictional, as are the characters Brother Lorenzo and the Bilbatúa family.
This film provides examples of:
- The Church: The Catholic Church.
- Creepy Catholicism: The Spanish Inquisition. The Church tortures people.
- Evil Jesuit: Lorenzo.
- Locked in the Dungeon: Ines is locked in the dungeons and tortured.
- Fictional Painting: Goya's portrait of Lorenzo.
- Prison Changes People: Ines' mind and body are warped after being released from prison. Her teeth are dirty and her face looks tired.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Lorenzo sees himself as this.