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An epic with lush views, great acting and one of the best movie scores ever.
because we know from the start who will conquer in the end, the film has no narrative tension,
its strength, indeed power, is in its ravishing cinematography throughout - none of the leads are especially impressive, nor the drama especially compelling - the spectacle, however, of Christians succumbing to savagery, and purported savages acting like Christians, was at the very least in this visual extravaganza sobering - in the end, the moral of the story seems to suggest that righteous violence, which is to say the Hollywood way, if not the American, trumps love, or Christian precepts in the real world, despite the international political cast's bombastic pretensions - the music by Ennio Morricone, meanwhile, is worth the price of admission, unforgotten, and unforgettable
Great film great location and acting and fantastic score by Morricone. Wanted more!!! wanted it to be longer . Such an interesting period of history and clash of worlds !!! 420
It is a very substantial film. There is lots of depth to the story and the way it depicts themes of justice and redemption and faith. The subject matter is kind of heavy. It's all about The Church and it's interactions, positive and negative, with the tribes in South America during the colonial era. But it's all treated with the right weight and sincerity and it's one of the few films I've seen that really hits you and leaves you thinking and wanting to know more about the real life basis of the events shown. It's worth checking out.
This movie is one I show to teenagers as a wake-up call to personal responsibility for your decisions and actions. Beginning to end, I've never seen a more powerful film. Don't miss the shot of the bishop at the end of the credits. A man of faith and conscience who gave in to expediency, to be haunted by the memory of what he had done.
Didn't feel attached to the lead characters. Really horrifying events. Lot of churchy stuff. Kind of long.
This is a 1986 British historical drama directed by Roland Joffé, based on the book "The Lost Cities of Paraguay" by Father C. J. McNaspy.
It is about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th century South America.
Quite shocking and fascinating is the opening scene, in which the Indians above the perilous Iguazu Falls has tied a priest to a cross and send him over the falls to his death.
In the 1750s, Spanish Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) enters the South American jungle to build a mission station and convert a Guaraní community to Christianity.
Father Gabriel travels to the falls, climbs to the top, and plays his oboe.
The Guaraní warriors, captivated by the music, allow him to live.
Mercenary and slave trader Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro) makes his living kidnapping natives and selling them to nearby plantations, including the plantation of the Spanish Governor Don Cabeza.
Mendoza subsequently finds his wife and his younger half-brother Felipe in bed together.
He kills Felipe in a duel.
Although he is acquitted of the killing by Cabeza, Mendoza spirals into depression.
Father Gabriel visits and challenges Mendoza to undertake a suitable penance.
Mendoza accompanies the Jesuits on their return journey, dragging a heavy bundle containing his armour and sword.
Upon reaching the outskirts of the natives' territory, there are a few tense moments when the natives recognise him, but they soon embrace a tearful Mendoza and cut away his heavy bundle.
The film's climax is the Guarani War of 1754–1756, during which historical Guaranís defended their homes against Spanish-Portuguese forces implementing the Treaty of Madrid.
For the film, a re-creation was made of one of the seven missions, São Miguel das Missões.
Father Gabriel's character is loosely based on the life of Paraguayan saint and Jesuit Roque González de Santa Cruz.
It is an engaging and thought-provoking docu-drama.
The mission describes a fight between good and bad. The bad appears at everywhere, in every field of life. It is alive because the people become more and more selfish do not care of others. They do not stop collect benefits for themselves in many ways to satisfy their ambitions. This fight is still happening in our society nowadays. Although this true story had a terrible ending - all of the kind people were killed, I really like the last image of film: the children who have the bright faces and eyes gather on a boat, they continue their journey after seeing the massacre entirely. It brings to me a hope and a strong belief about the brighter future: the life is proceeding and the good will win the bad. This film is worthy to see.
This is a not-to-be-missed movie for everyone. Fabulous South American scenery, way up the great river systems into the tropical jungle.
The clash between the church, the local peoples and the politics of the day make for a memorable movie.
Saw this movie as a kid. Stands up well. Enjoyed it again. An excellent movie. Makes me sick to think that this kind of stuff is still going on nowadays.
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