The Other Conquest on DVD

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The Other Conquest on DVD

Post by War Arrow » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:20 am

I swear I'm not being paid by the folks who made this but:
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Out on DVD in October, it says here.
Woo hoo!
This is what Apocalypto should have been. Never mind the fact that they get the history right in this one, this is in all honesty one of my absolute favourite films, right up there with The Godfather, Goodfellas and that's about it. Shame they had to hang the publicity off the Mel Gibson thing but I guess whatever gets the job done. When it came out they were playing it up as the Mexican Name of the Rose which seems a bit closer in some respects.
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Post by Rokcet Scientist » Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:35 am

WTF is it about?

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Post by Sam Salmon » Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:12 am

Rokcet Scientist wrote:WTF is it about?
"On November 8, 1519 the Spanish Conqueror Hernando Cortés and his small army rode into the Aztec capital of the vast Mexican Empire, where they were welcomed by the Emperor Moctezuma. Within two years, the Aztec civilization was in a state of orphanage, the survivors having lost their families, homes, language, temples... and Gods

The Other Conquest opens in May 1520 when Topiltzin (Damián Delgado), a skillful Aztec scribe who is one of Moctezuma's illegitimate sons, survives the Massacre of the Great Temple by hiding under a corpse. After the Spaniards leave the sacred site, he finds his people dead, including his mother.

By 1526 Topiltzin is still striving to preserve the cult of Tonantzin, the Aztec Mother Goddess. When a squadron commanded by Captain Cristóbal (Honorato Magaloni) and Friar Diego (José Carlos Rodríguez) discover the clandestine human sacrifice of a beautiful Aztec princess, two incompatible ways of life come face to face... - and violence erupts. Topiltzin manages to escape by making Friar Diego believe he is drawn to the statue of the Virgin Mary that accompanies the Spaniards wherever they go. He is eventually captured and presented to Hernando Cortés (Iñaki Aierra), who has just returned from an ill-fated campaign to Honduras. In an attempt to create a hybrid empire, Cortés has taken Emperor Moctezuma's daughter and heiress, the notorious Tecuichpo (Elpidia Carrillo), as his new mistress and interpreter. She reveals that Topiltzin is her half-brother, and a skeptical Cortés spares the young man's life, but in turn decides to convert him to the new Spanish ways with the aid of Tecuichpo (from now on, Doña Isabel) and Friar Diego. After being subject to a brutal ritual of conversion, Topiltzin (now called Tomás) is confined in the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Light.

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Post by Starflower » Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:44 am

Thank you for the info WA, I am looking forward to seeing this one.

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Post by Minimalist » Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:57 am

Probably better than the Gibson version.
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Post by Rokcet Scientist » Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:59 am

Interesting, Sam, thanks.
Is it based on fact or is it fiction? (Of course Hernán Cortés is fact, but were the other personae?).

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Post by War Arrow » Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:58 am

Er... the background detail is factual - and they really did their research on the people involved - Motecuhzoma's daughter, Malinche etc. The events depicted as they happen to the main character (Topiltzin) were common, as I understand - ie local geezer gets baptised as a monk but still can't quite stop himself longing for the good old days of human sacrifice and things making sense etc. So factual without being biographical I suppose, sort of (I guess) like Roots before everyone realised that Chicken George never really existed (that did happen, didn't it - or did I just imagine it?). The difference between this and Apocalypto is probably the same as the difference between The Godfather and er... New Jack City. Hmm... maybe I mean Goodfellas and New Jack City. Mind you it has that epic feel of The Godfather - as in attention to detail and a fantastic script rather than epic meaning spaceships and CGI dinosaurs.
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