A story of a priest set in the 16th century Mexico who converted the local pagan population to Christianity by making a statue of Virgin Mary resembling a native woman.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

It is May 1520 in the vast Aztec Empire one year after the Spanish Conqueror Hernán Cortés' arrival in Mexico. "The Other Conquest" opens with the infamous massacre of the Aztecs at the ... See full summary »

Director: Salvador Carrasco
Stars: Damián Delgado, José Carlos Rodríguez, Elpidia Carrillo
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Spain conquered the seas, found a new world and different realities than the one known in Europe. But a question needed to be answered with what they found in those new territories: do the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe
Stars: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean Carmet
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.

Director: Nicolás Echevarría
Stars: Juan Diego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Roberto Sosa
El Dorado (1988)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Omero Antonutti, Lambert Wilson, Eusebio Poncela
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The Spanish explorer Pizarro captures the Inca god-chief Atahualpa and promises to free him upon the delivery of a hoard of gold. But Pizarro finds himself torn between his desire for ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Lerner
Stars: Robert Shaw, Christopher Plummer, Nigel Davenport
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing the Inquisition.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero
Black Robe (1991)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt
Documentary | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

National Dream is a film about Mexico and the World Soccer Cup. The documentary s dramatic recounting of soccer history is like a time machine that goes from 1928 to 2012. Throughout the ... See full summary »

Director: Olallo Rubio
Stars: Javier Aguirre, Carlos Albert, Cuauhtémoc Blanco
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo
La araucana (1971)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Julio Coll
Stars: Elsa Martinelli, Venantino Venantini, Víctor Alcázar
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Period film. A half breed Spanish-Indian soldier returns to Peru from Europe in 1618 to find a document that can prove he is not illegitimate

Director: Augusto Tamayo San Román
Stars: Diego Bertie, Orlando Sacha, Jimena Lindo
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Julian Abitia
Ángel Aragon
Lucila Balzaretti
Raúl Boxer
Roberto Brondo
Hector Campos
Carlos Chavez
Luis Couturier
Armando Duarte
Alfredo Dávila
Fernando Ferrer
Guillermo Gil
Enrique Gilabert
Salvador Godínez
Edit

Storyline

A highly controversial portrayal of the events associated with accounts of apparitions of Virgin Mary in Mexico who appeared in Tepeyac, Mexico in 1531 and the story behind the making of the venerated image of the Madonna of Tepeyac. According to the interpretation of the events by the authors of the film, the local pagans, after conversion to Christianity, continued to worship their idols. Friar Pedro, having found statues of idols in the church, devises a plan to "truly" convert the locals. He ordered a brown-skinned statue of the Virgin to be made and when the statue is brought into a church he interprets this as an apparition and a sign for the locals to convert to Christianity. The film was banned by the Mexican government for 20 years as it was viewed by the wide Mexican population as a highly liberal and profane depiction of the accounts of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Written by Vadim P

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

10 August 1978 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Die Herren der neuen Welt  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Bienvenido-Welcome (1994) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
good and controversial for many
28 June 2008 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

It is a film which has been banned from viewing for many years, due to its controversial and unorthodox presentation of the early history of the catholic and Spanish rule over what is now Mexico. It presents how the catholic monks and priests were utterly frustrated in the late 16th century in their attempts to convert the local people. The local folk only prayed to statues of Madonna and Jesus if they had little statues of pagan deities placed below them or if it was allowed to consider Jesus and Mary as simply one more deity. So a priest came up with a plan to paint a madonna which looked like one of the locals and then have local persons go around and claim they witnessed a "miracle" that was a vision of that Madonna. The priest wanted the local population to come to accept a Christian Mary as one of their own and thus crack the pagan hold. He succeeded and had the locals involved in the plot murdered. He is later on murdered himself by the Church, as he was too dangerous for them now. The similarity to the Guadalupe "miracle" in Mexico is blatant and it was the reason the film was shelved for a long time. Apart from this story, the film portrays catholics and Spanish as mean, cruel and cynical and has one of the local characters ask "Why should the local people be afraid of your hell if they are already in one, enslaved, tortured and raped?"


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
languages slipcat555
Discuss Nuevo mundo (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page