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This review is from: 1492: Conquest Of Paradise [DVD] (1992) (DVD)
When compared to the fiasco that was Kingdom Of Heaven. 1492 serves as a reminder of what a trully great film director Ridley Scott is. The casting of Gerard Depardieu is inspired and its impossible to imagine anyone else playing this passionate visionary. As with all Scott films it is visually stunning and reuniting with Bladerunner composer Vangelis, the score sets the mood of the film perfectly.
Depardieu brings the palpable complexities of his character wonderfully to life. From the scheming at court to the first arduous sea voyage every scene is wonderfully crafted and beautifully shot. How historically accurate the film is remains open to question. My advice would be to watch and appreciate the film for what it is. A wonderfully well acted historical saga shot by a master of his craft.