1492: Conquest of Paradise [Import]
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One of Ridley Scott's most wrong-headed films, this one (like all of his movies) looks fabulous and sounds utterly ridiculous, almost from the beginning. His first mistake was casting the wonderful Gerard Depardieu as Columbus and forcing him to speak English, which Depardieu does with decided difficulty. After spending way too much time on the ocean with Columbus's three ships (you kind of wish they would sail over the edge of the world), they arrive in the West Indies, only to turn around and sail back. The rest of the film deals with the not particularly comprehensible politics of Columbus's venture, which leads to the violent slaughter of trusting natives by a band of cardboard villains. Depardieu, who radiates sympathy, looks like he's at sea with this material. --Marshall Fine
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"1492" is loaded with gratuitous and gruesome violence. It was clear from the first reviewers a decade ago that the images of burning at the stake, garotting, the beheaded sailor with the harelip, and the guy leaping to his death and having his bones poke through the skin (what's up with that?) were not easy to forget. What was easy to forget was the rest of the movie, because much of it is boring (oh, almost neglected to mention the Spaniard with the bloody urine...sorry). Forget about the use of Spanish in the film, most of it is in "furry English", courtesy of Depardieu and his Euro cinema pals.
Cool, 15th century adventure stories are not well served by hangups with "a more brutal time", or politically correct references to the Carib indians or "the Moors". If you want to have them in furry English, you may as well have them speak Spanish and Italian (and Carib?) and just use subtitles.
Better luck with the movie version on the 600th anniversary of the Columbus voyage? Don't hold your breath.
Two factual untruths in it - 3 ships sailing back and tobacco on the 1st voyage. So what! All the important stuff is there though.
R Scott at his best, Vagelis at his best, Gerald at his best, for the best biography, of a simple man, you'll ever encounter.
Buy yourself the flick: "Get behind the weather."
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Great picture;great actors :Gérard Depardieu,Sigourney Weaver,Armand Assante.
My only complaint is about the choice of soundtrack or the lack of it: english or... Read more
Low-quality, blurred and grainy image, like a home-made analog copy.Published 14 months ago by Jean Pierre Letourneau
Great historical movie. Sure there was a lot of Literary License, but very enjoyable none the less. May not be accurate to actual events, but it gives a good feel of the time... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joe Schwartz
an epic 1992 European adventure/drama film directed by Ridley Scott - tells the story of the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus and the effect this had on the... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2013 by T
Loved Depardieu as Columbus, he was perfectly cast for the role. The film was stunning and much underated. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2005 by H ROBINSON
When I saw that Ridley Scott directed this film I knew it was going to be visually appealing but I remember the reviews from when this film was released (including Marshall Fine's... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2004
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