Goya: Crazy Like a Genius
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Goya: Crazy Like a Genius

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Goya: Crazy Like a GeniusDocumentary in which art critic Robert Hughes travels across Spain in search of the reality beyond the mythology of Spanish painter Francisco Goya. Goya has long been Hughes' favorite artist but has become a particular obsession since a near-fatal car accident left Hughes living with nightmares of Goya's often dark and violent imagery.

Written and presented by renowned art critic Robert Hughes, Crazy Like A Genius explores the world of Francisco Goya: charting his achievements as a court painter, satirist and war reporter, as well as a topographer of the inner self - of madness, fear and despair.

This program offers a detailed visual and intellectual analysis of Goya masterpieces, including Witches in the Air, The Third of May and The Dream of Reason, as well as examples of his early work and portraiture such as The Duchess of Alba, The Nude Maja and The Clothed Maja.

Hughes gives an insight into the enormous changes that took place in Goya s work in the course of his life: the shift from light to dark.

In Spain, he travels to Goya s native Aragon and in Madrid he is seen visiting galleries, palaces and churches where Goya s works are on display. In New York Hughes calls on the American painter, Leon Golub, who shares his fascination for Goya, and elicits a contemporary artist s perspective on the Spanish master s work.

Hughes professes himself incapable of summing up Goya s achievements neatly, but concludes that to meet Goya is still to meet ourselves.

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  1. Nikolai Sergee

    where i find full edition knowledge should be free

  2. kendo24

    Really enjoyable,very well presented.I found myself saying "wow" every 5 minutes or so...Thank you to all involved for this wonderful documentary!

  3. BogdanH

    Here is nothing essential about Goya’s language articulated to capture essence. Robert Hughes is just an old Englishman who stares at the paintings. It’s annoying how many times this fade critic is in the camera field of view. I have the impression that this film is about him. Nothing as Saturn: An Essay on Goya by André Malraux.

    1. Hexotica

      I felt the same way. I have loved Goya since the moment I first laid eyes on one of his paintings, and feel that there is so much more to his paintings that could have been articulated here. Hearing an old art critic say he wants to jump into a painting to have sex with a painted girl like a "bee in a peony" made my skin crawl, and his "I don't care what the humanitarians say, I want to preserve bullfighting," or that today's artists are depleted made me dislike him even more.

    2. dex

      Hughes was a wildly talented author and critic. He was as refined, learned, and passionately dedicated as they come. How small-minded can you get, homing in on little eccentricities of opinion, or reviling someone because of their age. Hughes did more on an average day to advance the cause of art than you will do in a lifetime.

    3. theouterspacehuman

      I agree. And we cannot ignore that on the parting conclusion at the end of the film, what he's saying about the "artists of today, the depleted faith in art" has a big chunk of truth in it. He's saying it as a kind of a warning, but it doesn't mean that he lost faith to the artists of today.

    4. david johnson

      I disagree completely. This film was more than enlightening. It was transforming.

  4. Les Ferguson

    A documentary of great power and eloquence.
    Thanks Vlatko

  5. addyg

    magnificent documentary