MAILED: March 22, 2001
Goya in Bordeaux (Spain 1999) will screen April 5-8 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The International Film Society will present the 102-minute drama Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.
The last days of the great 18th-century Spanish painter Francisco Goya are presented in the visually exciting style of director Carlos Saura (Tango). Goya (Francisco Rabal) staggers through hallucinations and memories, encountering the real and imaginary subjects of his paintings along the way.
These jarring images, like everything else in the biographical montage created by a filmmaker renowned for his bold visual flash, are anything but gratuitous, wrote New York Times film critic Stephen Holden. They forcefully conjure up the spirit of Goya, who died in exile in Bordeaux, France, portraying him as an unstoppable bull of a man and an artistic visionary whose greatest work fearlessly locked horns with the darkest human truths. ... Goya in Bordeaux tosses together fragments of history, fantasy, biography, gossip and art appreciation into a blend that, despite a lack of narrative drive, coheres through the sheer vividness of its imagery and the bluntness of its dialogue.
In Spanish (subtitled in English), the film is rated R.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 25, 2001