Original Music: Alfred Newman 1-48 of 66 photos. All I know is that some critics thought Zanuck’s epics were overblown and overrated. But I’ve never seen this picture look this good. And it was already a chilly year for Hollywood, politically speaking. Directed by Henry King. It’s a great movie simply for its ambition — it gives a grim, emotional picture of the Inquisition (El Santo Oficio) and presents the conquest of the Aztecs for exactly what it was, brilliantly executed European piracy against an ancient civilization. And that real volcano in the background beats any special effect. The bloodstained pyramids stand as evidence that the new Christian religion is preferable; the movie shows no sacrifices in progress but doesn’t hide the bloody pyramid steps. A friend had the movie section of a Los Angeles paper framed on his wall, from February 1948. Trailer JustWatch. Most of the time the image is bright and sharp. Tyrone Power is also a fine fit, although the script unnecessarily bogs him down with two separate wound recoveries. 1 2 Next » 1-48 of 66 photos. One of the best Hollywood historical epics takes Technicolor to Mexico for a Production Code version of La conquista: the Inquisition is still bad, but the Church is exonerated. The film provides a complex look at … Only a couple of passages are just a bit duller — some night scenes in Spain clog up a bit, and elsewhere the colors might be on the weak side for a scene or two. 1947 / Color / 137 Academy / 141 min. Screenwriter Lamar Trotti and director Henry King paint a refreshingly non- PC view of La Conquista — they show its greed and ruthlessness, and properly do not re-interpret the 16th-century to give the Spanish characters modern attitudes — just the religious characters. That Production Code that too many web articles are now defending, required the revisions so as not to reflect badly on the Catholics. Refine All Photos By. Captain from Castile is a historical adventure film released by 20th Century Fox in 1947. I remember seeing "Captain From Castile" as a young boy on our B/W TV set with a 12" screen. Conqueror of a New World. My Dad had read the book years before and was as excited as I to see the movie in our home. Fox would return to this volcanic area with CinemaScope cameras seven years later, to film Garden of Evil. Captain from Castile - Il capitano di Castiglia (1947) Trailer But he’s most proud of finding the lost ending for a famous film noir, that few people knew was missing. Rent $3.99. From the novel by Samuel Shellabarger Adding immensely to the picture is one of the best music scores Hollywood ever turned out. Overlong, overblown costumer with several over the top performances. Some viewers may also be surprised that the show does not portray the Aztecs as wholly innocent victims. . My Dad had read the book years before and was as excited as I to see the movie in our home. The book then continues to a final chapter back in Spain, which is where Pedro settles his accounts with Diego De Silva and a happy ending awaits. With Catana and the rogue Juan Garcia (Lee J. Cobb), Diego flees and heads across the Atlantic to Santo Domingo. Zanuck’s giant production is the state of the art for Hollywood in 1948; it reportedly did well in release. They once played it all the time, but I’m not sure that they do now. John Sutton is the hiss-able villain, Antonio Moreno is Pablo’s noble father and Barbara Lawrence (Kronos) is Luisa, Pablo’s high-toned Castilian girlfriend. Although the music on the feature is often in the clear, the isolated score is a great listen — Newman’s music becomes the subject, and the movie becomes a visual accompaniment. The movie makes her into a New Hemisphere Madonna, having Pedro’s child and becoming a camp follower on the long trek to Mexico City. Some films have a mogul’s ambition written all over them. Synopsis Master of Women's Hearts . Captain from Castile is a couple of years too early to have been inspired by the happenings at HUAC, but its vision of the Inquisition certainly raises some parallels — suspicion equaling guilt, and people falsely denounced for ulterior motives. . Captain From Castile, DVD, Manufactured on Demand, Full Frame, NTSC Format, Action / Adventure, Drama-Classics, 024543315568 One man’s personality motivates an entire army. YES; Subtitles: English (feature only) Spain, 1518: young caballero Pedro De Vargas offends his sadistic neighbor De Silva, who just happens to be an officer of the Inquisition. 20th Fox lugged a giant 3-Strip camera over rural Mexico to make the movie, and viewers in 1948 saw glorious Technicolor prints. This real volcano is seen erupting behind many grand shots of marching armies — no mattes, no fakery. 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