History was not well served by Hollywood in 1992. Following Warner Bros.' ill-fated CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: THE DISCOVERY comes Paramount's 1492: THE CONQUEST OF PARADISE, a lumbering journey that conveys none of the joy or mystery of exploration. Star Gerard Depardieu's unintelligible line
readings and director Ridley Scott's murky mise-en-scene make it a hard film to hear and see, let alone like.
Yearning to follow a Western route to Asia, explorer Christopher Columbus (Depardieu) presents his case to the Spanish royal council in 1492. Only the Queen's treasurer Sanchez (Armand Assante) supports the idea, and Columbus is refused. With a banker's help, however, h...