9 October 2017; “1492: Conquest of Paradise” (1992) Throwback

Get ready for today’s second…Blast from the Past!

(I have mentioned this guy in my “Blade Runner” throwback but I’ll do it again anyway) From Oscar nominee Ridley Scott, the director of popular films such as Alien (1979), Thelma and Louise (1991), and many others, comes this underrated adventure historical epic…

Columbus: [Voice-over] “October 21st, 1492. I think we have returned to Eden. Surely this is how the world was in the beginning of time. If the natives are to be converted to our ways, then it will be by persuasion and not by force. I believe no man will ever see this land again as we do, for the fist time. We come in peace and with honor. They are not savages, neither will we be. Treat them as you would your own wives and children. Respect their beliefs. Pillage will be punished by the whip. Rape, by the sword.”

1492: Conquest of Paradise released on this day 9 October 1992, making the film 25 years old as of today.

Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ journey by Paramount Pictures, the film centers on the fictionalized tale of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ (Oscar nominee Gérard Depardieu) voyage to the New World and how it affected the indigenous people of the Americas.

Fun fact: Despite little box office success in the USA, the film’s score album earned international success.

Some of the film’s highlights include the stellar performances led by Depardieu, Oscar nominees Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, and South African actor Arnold Vosloo, the gorgeous cinematography, stunning location settings, costume and production design, and the film’s majestically and hypnotically Golden Globe nominated music score by Oscar winner Vangelis.

If you are looking for an excellent 90’s historical drama and a film that features any of the mentioned actors, then this is for you, or for anyone you know, who likes the aforementioned aspects.

It is highly recommended to listen to the main theme of the score as it will most likely blow your mind.

Poster source: IMP (Internet Movie Poster) Awards.
Poster design: BLT Communications, LLC.