El Greco (1966)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Docudrama, Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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For some reason, the elongated figures limned by the highly astigmatic painter El Greco (1541-1614) perfectly suited the grandees of Spain even though they were clearly anything but realistic, and they fascinate even today. The Greek (Cretan, actually) painter's life in Spain could have served as the basis for a fascinating biography, but the makers of this film chose to concentrate on the bad ol' Inquisition and portray the painter as being warned by his girlfriend that he is being watched; as a foreigner, he is suspected of heresy. Mel Ferrer plays the painter in this historical melodrama which is not nearly as bad as it could have been.

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artist, burn, evidence, extramarital-affair, fame, heretic, Inquisition, Italy, love, painting, warning