Michael Sauter
January 26, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Goya in Bordeaux

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Movie
Current Status
In Season
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R

We gave it an C+

In this portrait of the great Spanish painter as a dying man, director Carlos Saura eschews the fluidity of his dance dramas (Carmen, Tango) in favor of a labored montage of fantasies and flashbacks that rarely bring the artist to life. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor) captures Saura’s dubious vision with a Goyaesque palette of darkly vibrant colors — but sitting through it still feels like watching paint dry. C+

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