2 user 1 critic

La controverse de Valladolid (1992)

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 »
5 wins. See more awards »
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
Summertime (2015)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

There was little chance, in the year 1971, that Carole, a Paris Spanish teacher and feminist militant, would ever meet Delphine, the daughter of a couple of Limousin farmers. But they did ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Corsini
Stars: Cécile De France, Izïa Higelin, Noémie Lvovsky
Cookies (1975)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Henri Serin, a sales rep in umbrellas who lives in Saumur, is bored with his life. Married to an unloving... See full synopsis »

Director: Joël Séria
Stars: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Claude Piéplu, Jeanne Goupil
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A very hard drought devastates an ancient Mexican empire. Warriors and priests fight for power while people are dying. A group of priests return to Aztlan, the mythological place where ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Mora Catlett
Stars: Tonatiuh Alonso, Socorro Avelar, José Avilez
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young woman fights Spanish Conquistadors to protect her people.

Director: Juan Mora Catlett
Stars: Carlos Enrique Alarcón, Édgar Alejandre, Erandini Catalina Alvarado Villegas
Spellbound (1945)
Film-Noir | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov
El Topo (1970)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta
Nuevo mundo (1978)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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: Gabriel Retes
Stars: Julian Abitia, Ángel Aragon, Lucila Balzaretti
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, who scrape by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Garrel
Stars: Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar, Lena Paugam
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

Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés wages a historic battle against the Aztec emperor, Montezuma II.

Director: Steven Spielberg


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginèse de Sepúlveda
Le Légat du Pape
Jean-Michel Dupuis ...
Le Colon
Claude Laugier ...
Frère Ambrosiano
Pascal Elso ...
Frère Emiliano
Franck Laigneau ...
Le jeune moine au claquoir
Michel Charrel ...
Le deuxième colon
Dominique Noé ...
Un assesseur du légat
Jean Nehr ...
Assistant de Las Casas
Didier Bourguignon ...
Le scribe
Mogan Mehlem ...
Représentant du Roi
Raymond Aulme ...
Un dominicain
Jean-Paul Egalon ...
Le soldat
Emmanuel-Georges Delajoie ...
L'ouvrier africain


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 Indians have souls? The Church, bound to protect and convert the natives and the conquerors who treated them like slaves and thought they were only merchandising, expose their arguments and reasonings at what would be known as the Vallidolid controversy. Between them, there's a cardinal hearing both parts and trying to get reasonable answers from this critical question. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Release Date:

2 May 1992 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Die Kontroverse von Valladolid  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A remarkable reconstitution of a XVIth century key debate...
26 November 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Two men are facing one another. One, a monk, thinks that South-American Indians are human beings, and wants their slaughtering to end. The other, an official philosopher, thinks - or pretends to think - they are not quite human and hence can legitimately be killed or used as slaves, in order to develop the wealth and power of the Spanish crown. In the middle, a legate of the Pope has the heavy, risky task of deciding who is right. This "Controverse" is built like a boxing fight, where words and proofs would replace fists. Gradually, the spectator is taken into this fight, forced to understand both fighters' reasons and convictions. No one is the villain : one is right (according to our modern convictions), one is wrong, but both have good reasons to have their ideas and fight for them. The moral requirements are opposed to the political ones. Philosophically, it is a good example of what Max Weber called "conviction ethic" and "responsability ethic" in his famous articles about scientist and politician. But this movie just puts into action, it makes it vivid and thrilling. In addition, the cast is just great : Jean-Pierre Marielle, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Jean Carmet in the main roles add a wonderful credibility to the story. A film much, much worth seeing !

14 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Subtitle in Spanish ewa-warmegard
Discuss La controverse de Valladolid (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: