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Second Chance Film is a recurring column dedicated to suggesting movies that you may have missed or overlooked when they were originally released, but which deserve another consideration.

We all have our own reasons why we choose to give up on movies when they first come out in theaters.

  • Maybe the film didn’t get effective promotion and never got on your radar.
  • Maybe you had the movie on your list, but the buzz initially seemed to fade and lacked popularity, so you crossed it off your list.
  • And then there is the logic that generated the main reason this writer created the concept of Second Chance Movies –You weren’t even born when the movie came out.

Dim the lights and let’s jump straight to our list of movies you should add to your second chance movie list.

As Columbus Day approaches, Monday, October 11, we offer a selection of highly produced Hollywood Bonanzas and megastars of their time. All essentially tell the story of the historically famous explorer Christopher Columbus asking the King and Queen of Spain to finance his expedition to find a safer passage to India for trade, while avoiding the constant raids of Moorish pirates on trading ships. crossing the African coast. Adventures are full of new and exotic discoveries, although they are not without cost.

Neither of the first two selections went well at the box office and in the forums of criticism it was read as a university professor “woken up” in a rage. While it is understood that in today’s “waking” culture there are many conflicting narratives around the historical record of Christopher Columbus and his accomplishments. Try to eliminate extremes on both sides of the spectrum of existing narratives and let the general themes in these cinematic art selections remain without bias embedded in the scene so to speak. Perhaps the culture of cancellation played too heavily on how films were received. The third film was produced long before “waking up” was even a thing, so it’s interesting to see the difference.

Second Chance Film Selections:

# 1: Christopher Columbus: the discovery (1992)

Director: John Glen

Cast: Marlon Brandon, Tom Selleck, Rachel Ward, Catherine Zeta – Jones, Robert Davi, Benicio del Toro.

Plot: The Genoese navigator overcomes the intrigues at the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain and obtains funding for his expedition to the West Indies that ultimately leads to the European discovery of the Americas. This two-hour film focuses on Columbus’s efforts to secure financial support from royalty, implying an implicit need to win the queen’s romantic affections and some agonizing interactions with legendary pain manager, Tomas de Torquemada. There is also an emphasis on sea voyage hoping to demonstrate the world tour, and Columbus’s battles with his sailing crew and life at sea in general. The moral character of the main character becomes a central theme when the landing is made in lush paradisiacal frontiers and interactions made with new populations.

If you are interested in political correctness over the value of entertainment, this movie may not be for you. If you like swashbuckling adventures, light on historical documentary style, then this film is energetic and a good ride. If you enjoyed movies like; Robinhood: Prince of Thieves, The Three Musketeers or The Man in the Iron Mask, you will probably find this fun.

# 2: 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella,

Plot: The Genoese navigator overcomes the intrigues at the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain and obtains funding for his expedition to the West Indies that ultimately leads to the European discovery of the Americas. This nearly three-hour film touches on the queen and the funding, but heads to the sea very soon, with the bulk of the story dealing with the voyage and relationships Columbus has with the natives. There is no hiding the conflict for Columbus that while part of his personal mission was to spread Christianity, Europe controlled funding. The moral character of Columbus is extensively explored in this adaptation.

Ridley Scotts 1492 is breathtakingly beautiful and visually stunning. This epic covers Christopher Columbus’s 20-year journey based on the biography of Columbus’ son Fernando about his father. Vangelis’ soundtrack is equally amazing. The quality of the acting is above average, and Scott’s vision arc is to take the audience on a journey of a dreamer who reached his quest only to get trapped inside while that dream became a lived reality. . The portrait of Columbus is of both a monumental but also an imperfect figure.

# 3: Christopher Columbus (1949)

Director: David MacDonald

Cast: Fredric March, Florence Eldridge

Plot: Christopher Columbus, an explorer from Genoa, Italy, arrives in Spain with his son in search of funds for a trip to India. Gets a court presentation from Father Perez, Queen Isabella’s former confessor. Columbus opposes Francisco de Bobadilla, who uses Beatriz to distract Columbus, however the queen eventually agrees to finance Columbus’s ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, during his voyage.

During the voyage, the crew threatens to mutiny. Columbus promises to turn back if no land is found within three days. On the third night, Columbus sees a light and they reach the New World. Columbus returns to Spain as a hero, but continues to face opposition at court, even as his discoveries help turn Spain into a rich country.

This is a refreshing film from the past without the “awakened” police and which harks back to a time when our country shared common knowledge of history and valued it. Yes, there was indeed a time in America when discernment and nuance, as well as the context applied, were allowed. Set at a slower pace, but for the most part, a good account of his 1492 adventure, landing and baptizing the new land as San Salvador. There is a beautiful soundtrack by Arthur Bliss, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Muiir Mathieson.

Fredric March’s closing line before the credits roll “People will remember me long after Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand have long been forgotten.”

And without a doubt, he remembered that it is.

Enjoy the life and times of one of our most historic figures and check out the upcoming additions of Second Chance Film.

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