Film Series: Testigo/Witness: Goya in the Movies

In conjunction with the exhibition I Saw It: Francisco de Goya, Printmaker, filmmaker and educator Joe Petricca has selected four films that bear witness to Goya’s visions of the world. Each film begins with an introduction by Petricca.

Free with Museum admission.

No reservations taken. The theater opens at 4:00 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

A man with an old top hat one with candles on it holding a paint brush in his mouth
still scene of a young brunette girl standing in a dark and dreary underground subway station

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), R

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Friday, May 10, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

In this dark fable, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer enters an eerie fantasy world where her bravery and intelligence are tested. Set in 1940s Spain during the rise of fascism and the heroic efforts of the resistance, the film draws on some of Goya’s most famous imagery.

Warning: Disturbing images of violence and death. Not recommended for children younger than 16.

In Spanish with English subtitles.

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a man wearing a old top hat with candles holding a paint brush in his mouth

Goya: or, The Hard Way to Enlightenment (1971), NR

Directed by Konrad Wolf
Friday, May 17, 4:30–6:50 p.m.

As a painter in the court of King Carlos IV of Spain, Goya (played by Donatas Banionis) has attained wealth and reputation. He believes in king and Church, but he is also a Spaniard who dearly loves his people—a contradiction that presents a deep dilemma. This film is based on Lion Feuchtwanger’s novel Goya.

In German with English subtitles.

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a detail of a painting of a right hand with the index finger pointing down, below that the word GOYA

Goya, Carrière and the Ghost of Buñuel (2022), NR

Directed by José Luis López-Linares
Friday, May 24, 4:30–6:00 p.m.

In his last journey, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière returns to Spain and talks to us about Francisco de Goya. Traveling to Goya’s key places and diving into his abundant work, the filmmaker José Luis López- Linares and Carrière invite us on a journey into Goya’s human genius and unravel the artist’s life and work.

In French, Spanish and English with English subtitles.

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a group of men and women seated around a dining table filled with food, in the center, a maid wearing a black and white dress serving food

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), PG

Directed by Luis Buñuel
Friday, May 31, 4:30–6:10 p.m.

A group of six friends—three men and three women, decidedly of the French upper middle class—have their dinner plans continually interrupted, due to a series of bizarre events that can only be described as Buñuelian.

In French with English subtitles.

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Pan’s Labyrinth, Picturehouse/Photofest © Picturehouse; Goya, or the Hard Way to Enlightenment, © DEFA-Stiftung Foto Arkadi Sager; Goya, Carrière & The Ghost of Buñuel, Kino Lorber; A scene from Luis Buñuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise (1972). Courtesy: Rialto Pictures