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Newly restored to it's full lush color, this tour de force about the brilliant Spanish painter Goya - played by the great Lithuanian actor Donatas Banionis ('Solaris') - is one of only ten East German films shot in 70mm. This digitally restored director's cut by Konrad Wolf, the acclaimed director of 'I was Nineteen' and 'Solo Sunny', shows the influence of great filmmakers from Buñuel and Saura to Eisenstein.
As a painter in the court of King Carlos IV, Goya has attained wealth and reputation, and has fallen in love with a beautiful Duchess. But he also finds himself becoming more and more but finds himself increasingly drawn away from the castle, to portray the desires and nightmares of the common Spanish people. After a singer he meets in a tavern is hauled before the Inquisition for singing revolutionary songs, the nightmares of his paintings threaten to become a reality.
One of DEFA's most spectacular and colorful productions, GOYA is an epic bio-pic of Reason and Madness in the Age of Absolutism and Revolution. --Larson Powell, Film Historian, University of Missouri-Kansas City