1492: Conquest of Paradise*

  • 1992 ----- color ----- 150 min ----- vhs///
  • (Directed by Ridley Scott, screenplay by Roselyne Bosch; with Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Loren Dean, Ángela Molina, Fernando Rey, Michael Wincott, Tchéky Karyo, Kevin Dunn, Frank Langella) It is not enough to dream. Dreams become the stuff of history only when people are bold enough to live them. Chronicles the first two landmark voyages of Christopher Columbus and takes us to the brink of his third and last. One discovers that Columbus, though fearless in his vision of a new route to the East, is not faultless in the treachery and carnage his voyages would bring. Throughout, it reveals the power and passions of history in the making: bravery and blindness, triumph and despair, Old World arrogance and New World innocence. In short, the beginning of a new age--the age of exploration and expansion. [Letterboxed] (Closed-Captioned) (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (Anthropology: Cultural, Geography, History: European, History: Latin American, Latin America, Motion Pictures: Features, Romance Languages and Literature)