Movie of the Month


Film Title: Goya in Bordeaux

Event No : 17
Date of Screening : 8-Mar-2014
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am

R. Rathnavelu (Randy Rathnavelu)

Carlos Saura



Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his much younger wife Leocadia and their daughter Rosario. He continues to paint at night, and in flashbacks stirred by conversations with his daughter, by awful headaches, and by the befuddlement of age, he relives key times in his life, particularly his relationship with the Duchess of Alba, his discovery of how he wanted to paint (insight provided by Velázquez's work), and his lifelong celebration of the imagination. Throughout, his reveries become tableaux of his paintings.

Language: Spanish
Running Time: 100 mins
Release Date: November 12, 1999
Directed by: Carlos Saura
Produced by: Andrés Vicente Gómez
Written by: Carlos Saura
Francisco Rabal, Maribel Verdú, José Coronado, Dafne Fernández, José Coronado
Music by: Roque Baños
Shot by: Vittorio Storaro
Editing by:
Julia Juaniz

About the Film

Goya in Bordeaux is a 1999 Spanish historical drama film written and directed by Carlos Saura about the life of Francisco de Goya, the influential 19th Century Spanish painter.

Most of the film was shot on an elaborate, theatrical set with transparent sliding panels created at Rome’s Cinecitta Studio. Saura’s film is visually sumptuous and filmic in the sense that projected coloured lights and virtuoso cinematography were employed self-consciously and creatively. Vittorio Storaro, an Italian master of lighting who has worked for Bernardo Bertolucci and Francis Coppola, was the cinematographer who has collaborated with Saura a number of times before. Storaro manipulates light levels, shadows and colours via a specially designed lighting console and employs light intensities and hues in a symbolic manner. Storaro and his son The challenge Saura faced was to transcend the factual character of a documentary on Goya, on the one hand, and the banalities of a Hollywood biopic about him, on the other. Saura’s solution was to penetrate Goya’s mind so that the audience could experience his passions, memories, nightmares and artistic imagination. Fluid oscillations between the subjective and the objective, past and present were thus essential.


  1. Saura had been interested in Goya for decades and, during the 1950s, he had produced an unfinished documentary entitled The Meadow of San Isidro, which re-enacted popular festivals Goya had painted around 1788.
  2. In addition, Goya in Bordeaux is dedicated to Saura’s elder brother Antonio (1930-98) who had been a painter and a devotee of Goya and Picasso.
  3. Fabrizio have also invented a photographic system called Univision (in English) or Univisium (in Latin) with a new aspect ratio of 1:2, which solves certain compositional problems for directors and provides a standard format across a range of differently proportioned screens.


  1. 5 Goya Awards, including Best Actor (Francisco Rabal).
  2. 2 Prizes at Montréal World Film Festival.
  3. European Film Awards: Best Cinematographer (Vittorio Storaro).
  4. Satellite Awards Best Foreign Film nominee.

About the Director

Born into a family of artists (his mother was a pianist and his brother, Antonio Saura, a painter), he developed his artistic sense in childhood as a photography enthusiast.

In 1957-1958, Saura created his first film (Cuenca). In 1962 his film Los Golfos was recognized for its strong sociological impact in the betterment of the Spanish youth by tackling juvenile delinquency in Madrid's poorest districts. Four years later (1966), he was honored at the 16th Berlin International Film Festival, where he received the Silver Bear for Best Director for his film La caza. In 1967, his film Peppermint Frappé also received the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival. He won the Golden Bear in 1981 at the 31st Berlin International Film Festival for his film Deprisa, Deprisa.

The films La prima Angélica of 1973 and Cría cuervos of 1975 received the special prize of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. His film Mama cumple 100 años was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 52nd Academy Awards.

Saura has become known for making movies featuring traditional flamenco and other Spanish dances. His Flamenco Trilogy of the 1980s includes Bodas de Sangre, Carmen, and El amor brujo featuring the work of Spanish flamenco dancer Cristina Hoyos.Saura considers his film on surrealist master Luis Buñuel to be his best cinematic work.


About the Guest

Rathnavelu (Randy Rathnavelu) is an Indian cinematographer who works in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada films. His notable works are films such as Nandha, Vaaranam Aayiram , Enthiran and David. Rathnavelu has a BSc in Physics as well as a DFTech in cinematography at the FTIT.

In a career spanning 14 years, Rathnavelu aka Randy has wielded the camera for several Tamil films almost all of which were huge hits. “Sethu” and “Nanda” won acclaim from the public as well as people in the industry for truly innovative camera work unfettered by merely aesthetic considerations. Both were hailed as path breaking films due not in small measure to the realistic, hard-hitting visuals.

Won 58th Filmfare award for the film “Enthiran” (Tamil) in the year 2010.

Won 5th Vijay Award in Best Cinematographer category for the film “Enthiran” starring Rajnikant and Aishwarya Rai.

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