Goya's Ghosts

Synopsis: The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter.
Director(s): Milos Forman
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min



And these are actually for sale

in the bookshops?

And in the streets as well,


- And in Toledo?

- In Toledo. In Salamanca,


And in the Port of Cdiz.

So these prints

are sent abroad?

These are sold in Rome.

Even as far as Mexico.

This is how the world sees us.


this is how the world is seeing us.

What is the name of the artist?

Francisco Goya.

Isn't he the man you commissioned

to paint your portrait?

He is, Father.

Why did you choose him?

In all humility, Father,

I chose him for the same reason

our King and the Queen

have appointed him

to be the Court painter.

They consider him the greatest

painter in Spain.

These prints are quite disturbing,

I must say.


Yes, yes, of course they are.

But, Father, these prints

show us

the true face of our world.

Maybe your world,

Brother Lorenzo.

How can you call

these hideous images

"the true face of our world"?

There is but one world, Brother,

and it is neither yours, nor mine.

It is the Lord's.

Have you lost your sight,


Do you not see what demonic filth

and degradation

this Goya is selling?

He's an agent

of the darkest powers!

Granted that he's decorated


He's painted angels, yes,

but when your mother raises her

eyes to pray to God

whom do you think she sees?

Whom do you think Goya

is using as models

for his angels?


Those are whores smiling down

at your mother from the ceiling!

I assert

before all of you

that Goya is a valuable

member of the Church.

How so?

Father, I have met women

who cannot recite

a single prayer.

It's them...

We have to seek them out,

but what is our response?

Condemn this great

Spanish artist instead?

Or do you think,

by burning Goya's canvases

the evil this artist

has depicted

will go up in flames?

Why don't we look at ourselves?

What have we accomplished

in the last 50 years?

How many heretics

have we sent to the stake?

I will tell you exactly how many,

Father. Eight.

Eight burned at the stake.

Are you proposing we show

greater severity?

Yes, Father, yes.

We have to return to the old ways.

I'm talking about the God- fearing

ways of the past.

Are you prepared

to join this battle?

Never mind join,

grant me the wisdom to lead it,


Why doesn't that painting

have a face?

Because he's a ghost.

No, he is not!

Have you ever seen a ghost?


But I have seen a witch.

- Oh, did you?

- Yes, but she had a face.

What did she look like?

She was all bent and creepy,

and she stank... Phew!

That's interesting.

Because the witch that I know

she's young, very lovely,

and she smells of jasmine.

- She does?

- She does.

And I'm working on her portrait

right now.

I'm no witch!

How do you know?

Am I allowed to say something?

- Please.

- I know that face.

She would not be

one of your angels

in the Florida chapel, would she?

Yes, she is.

You're dangerously perceptive.

This is probably a very naive

but I am a man of the cloth.

Do you...?

Do you painters not become very

intimate with your models?

It must be very...


when you spend hours

and hours alone with,

not only beautiful,

but young girl.

Would you like me to include

your hands in the portrait?

- I'll leave that up to you.

- No, it's up to you to decide.

Hands are not easy to paint

and not everybody will spend

the extra money.

Well, what is the difference?

One hand, two thousand reales.

Two hands, three thousand.

Why did you agree to paint

my portrait?

Why not?

You have the reputation of mocking

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Miloš Forman

Jan Tomáš Forman (born 18 February 1932 in Čáslav), known as Miloš Forman, is a Czech film director, screenwriter, actor, and professor, who until 1968 lived and worked primarily in Czechoslovakia. more…

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