Other Conquest

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Overview

In this historical drama from Mexico, Damian Delgado plays Topilzin, a writer and the illegitimate son of Montezuma, who finds himself at odds with his nation's new leadership after Tenocchititlan's rule is put down by the Spanish Army in 1520. Topilzin refuses to adopt the new state-imposed religion and, after narrowly avoiding arrest following an incident in which he throws a rock at a friar, he's turned over to the police by his brother, and arrested in the presence of Hernando Cortes Inaki Aierra and his ...
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Overview

In this historical drama from Mexico, Damian Delgado plays Topilzin, a writer and the illegitimate son of Montezuma, who finds himself at odds with his nation's new leadership after Tenocchititlan's rule is put down by the Spanish Army in 1520. Topilzin refuses to adopt the new state-imposed religion and, after narrowly avoiding arrest following an incident in which he throws a rock at a friar, he's turned over to the police by his brother, and arrested in the presence of Hernando Cortes Inaki Aierra and his lover, Tecuichpo Elpidia Carrillo, the daughter of Montezuma. Thanks to the pleas of Cortes and Tecuichpo, Topilzin's life is spared, and instead he is flogged in public by Capt. Quijano Honorato Magaloni. After his punishment and an ensuing spiritual epiphany, Topilzin gives up his career as an author to become a monk, and he joins an order led by Fray Diego Jose Carlos Rodriguez, the friar he once attacked. La Otra Conquista proved to be a big box-office success in Mexico, enjoying the biggest opening weekend of any Mexican film in history on its home turf.
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Special Features

Spoken in Spanish and Nahuatl with English subtitles; Featurette with cast and crew interviews; Deleted scenes; Director's commentary
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • UPC: 013137216893
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,020

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Damian Delgado Topiltzin/Tomas
Jose Carlos Rodriguez Fray Diego de La Coruna
Elpidia Carrillo Tecuichpo/Dona Isabel
Inaki Aierra Hernando Cortes
Honorato Magaloni Christobol Quijano
Guillermo Rios Alanpoyatzin, the Brother
Josefina Echanove Nanahuatzin, the Grandmother
Alvaro Guerrero Rolanda
Diana Bracho Dona Juana
Technical Credits
Salvador Carrasco Director, Editor, Screenwriter
George Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Brigitte Broch Art Director
Arturo de la Rosa Cinematographer
Angela Dodson Costumes/Costume Designer
Plácido Domingo Associate Producer, Executive Producer
Alvaro Domingo Producer
Sergio Espinosa Makeup
Juan Carlos Martinez Sound/Sound Designer
Rocio Ramirez Costumes/Costume Designer
Jorge Reyes Score Composer
Enrique Gonzalez Torres S.J. Associate Producer
Andrea Sanderson Musical Direction/Supervision, Production Designer
Enrique Gonzalez Torres Associate Producer
Alejandro Vazquez Special Effects
Samuel Zyman Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Other Conquest
1. Opening Credits [2:22]
2. Great Temple Massacre (1520) [1:49]
3. Friar Diego's Death (Spain, 1548) [2:48]
4. Topiltzin, The Codex-Maker (1526) [4:19]
5. Purification Rites [5:05]
6. The Sacrifice [3:20]
7. The Encounter [5:32]
8. Burning the Codices [2:53]
9. The Betrayal [4:20]
10. Topiltzin Meets Hernando Cortés [9:01]
11. Emperor Moctezuma's Daughter [3:12]
12. Passion According to Topiltzin [10:25]
13. Monastery of Our Lady of Light (1531) [2:06]
14. Lessons With Doña Isabel [3:52]
15. Making Love in the Monastery [6:20]
16. Tecuichpo Imprisoned [4:26]
17. The Hallucinatory Bath [3:26]
18. Topiltzin Confronts Friar Diego [1:03]
19. Obsessed With the Virgin [2:35]
20. A Spirit Without a Body [7:42]
21. Friar Diego's Ambivalence [6:30]
22. The Escape [2:04]
23. Topiltzin's Conquest [5:28]
24. End Credits (Aria Sung by Plácido Domingo) [5:52]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Other Conquest
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         Spanish 5.1
         Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles
         English
         None
   Special Features
      Director Commentary
      The Making of the Other Conquest
         Play With Subtitles: On/Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Reencounter Between Cristóbal and Friar Diego in Spain (1548)
         "Topiltzin Returns Home After Painting Codex of Massacre"
         "Offering of Topiltzin's Codex and Sacrificing Rituals"
         "Cristóbal's Skepticism and Friar Diego's Rock-Solid Faith"
         "The Captive Spanish Maid and the Eagle-Warrior's Claim"
         "Friar Sebastian Delivers Topiltzin's Renouncement"
         Topiltzin's Mother/Sister Confronts Friar Diego"
         Voodoo Prank in Monastery
         "Hernando Cortés and Techuichpo's Replacement"
         "The Gay Friar, The Indian Nun, And the Inquisitorial Hallucination
         Friar Diego's Attempt to Read Topiltzin's Soul
         Indian Nun Gets Rid of Sacred Medallion
         "Friar Diego's Dream: The Marriage of Cortés and Tecuichpo"
         Friar Diego's Complicity
         "Topiltzin's Sacrifice"
   Previews
      Home Entertainment Action Trailer
      Theatrical Trailer (English)
      Theatrical Trailer (Spanish)
      Macbeth Trailer
      Beowulf & Grendel Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Visuallly stunning, historically poignant film

    This visually stunning and historically significant film treats the period immediately after the initial encounter between Cortes' forces and the Mexica Empire. Brilliantly highlighting the political, religious, and social consequences of the Europeans' unstoppable establishment as the dominant power in Mesoamerica, Carrasco deftly melds his depiction of these larger cultural consequences with the story of the young Mexica Topiltzin whose personal struggles allow us to experience the emotional and spiritual costs for the survivors who continue to resist. The film's poignancy lies in the director's suggestion that even as these few individuals continue to resist European institutional and cultural imperialism they, in turn, also effect changes in the beliefs and practices of the conquerors. In the end, those who came to conquer must also recognize the inevitability of change: the "new world" is, in fact, the one "discovered" by both the Americans and the Europeans who live on in what is now a distinct yet syncretic world.

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