[tv] Tuesday, 20 August 2013 : The program on tv tonight

Each day, we advise you to take 2 films to see on tv that night : a film on the set of strings and another, exclusively on TNT.

The program this evening : 1492 – CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS on HD1 and THE DOOR OF PARADISE on OCS Novo.

  • ON TNT


20: 50

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In 1492, at the end of the Reconquista, the Spanish monarchs ultimately gives permission to Christopher Columbus to a project that has as ambition to open a new maritime route in the direction of the Indies by sailing to the west. But the browser does not doubt that this expedition will lead to a discovery of unexpected which will quickly degenerate.

Technical data sheet

Original title : 1492: Conquest of Paradise

Production : Ridley Scott

Screenplay : Roselyne Bosch

Main actors : Gérard Depardieu, Sigourney Weaver, Armand Assante, Fernando Rey

Country of origin : France, Spain, United Kingdom

Genre : Adventure, historical Film, Biography


• Francis Ford Coppola, Roland Joffé and Oliver Stone have all been approached before Scott agreed to direct the film.

• Scott dreamed for a long time to make a film about Christopher Columbus. He demanded, before giving his agreement, that Gérard Depardieu gets the title role. Contacted, Depardieu was immediately accepted.

• Sigourney Weaver was the first choice of Scott for the role of queen Isabella of Castile. However, it was in the middle of filming of Alien, when she was approached, and it took more time than expected. It is Anjelica Huston who was contacted. Finally, Weaver has declared to be available at the last minute.

• The film was shot in the jungle of costa rica and in the region of Salamanca, in Spain. The filming at sea was done close to the coast of the dominican Republic and the u.s. Virgin Islands. The film was shot in 16 weeks.

• The scenario of the film has been multiple versions to find funding very particular since the share of large studios (Paramount, in this case) has been reduced to almost zero. The film is a co-production completely european, franco-hispano-british. Therefore, one can speak of independent production at large scale.

• The scenario comes from a personal desire and goes beyond the scenario of “classic” in terms of time and investment. The film was directed and co-produced by Ridley Scott. It traces the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus utopian, hallucinated. The film was shot in the jungle of Costa Rican and Spain. Two caravels, replicas of the Pinta and the Niña, and a nave, and a replica of the Santa Maria, were built in the port of Bristol, and took five hundred years after, the same trip by Columbus to reach the location. The film is released worldwide the week of October 12, 1992, five hundred years to the day after Columbus had set foot on the island of Guanahani.

• The film’s original soundtrack was composed by Vangelis.


• Prize Nomination of best cinematography (Adrian Biddle), at the British Society of Cinematographers 1992.

• Nomination to the Golden Globe of the best music in 1993.

Source : Wikipedia

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at 20h40

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Two Harvard alumni are found in 1890 in Wyoming. Averill is sheriff federal while Billy Irvine, plagued by alcohol, is a member of an association of large farmers in the fight against the small of immigrants who came to most of central Europe. Averill was opposed to the intervention of the association on the district and tries to convince her friend Ella, a prostitute of French origin, from leaving the country.

Technical data sheet

Original title : Heaven’s Gate

Production : Michael Cimino

Screenplay : Michael Cimino

Main actors : Kris Kristofferson, Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges, John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Brad Dourif, Joseph Cotten, Richard Masur, David Mansfield, Terry O Quinn, Geoffrey Lewis, Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe

Country of origin : United States

Genre : Western

Released : 22 may 1981

Duration : 216 minutes (director’s cut version restored in 2012)

Differences between the versions

• A mount at the other, Cimino was chosen for the director’s cut version of 2012 to tell the story completely linear, and view only from the point of view of the characters. Suddenly, there is more to voice-over a narrator or more there is no turning back. Thus, the third party (Newport), in which intertwined the look of Averill on his boat with his memories of the killings final of 1890 at the end of which Ella was the death, takes place, in the 2012 version, strictly on the yacht.

This is an opportunity to introduce a female character, lying in the cabin lounge, and find the last time the black and white photo of a young couple, photo, absent from the old version and that, in the timeline of 2012, is back as a “red thread” throughout the episode, 1890. However, nothing is said about this picture ; the couple is not identified nor identifiable, even if we can assume that it is Averill with his girlfriend view at Harvard.

Moreover, at no time, is clearly explained why the Averill finds himself marshal in Wyoming. At the beginning of the second episode, we know that it is to convey a prisoner to the federal prison. On the other hand it is not known how long he has been assigned in the county of Johnson, nor for what reason he would have left a more lucrative (a reply brings up the fact that he means well above those of the emigrants who constitute the bulk of the population, and we know — episode common to both versions — on his return to Casper, he has been expelled from the club known to be frequented by large landowners). Situation consistent with his education level and social class, and that attests to the yacht on which it is found in 1903 (but is it his yacht or his wife ?).

• Harvard, 1870

In the 2012 version, the speech of Billy Irvine, who plays his impairment, and ” remarks on the education of Harvard, is given in its entirety.

• Newport, Rhode Island, 1903

This last part is no longer mounted, with back on murder, by Frank Canton and his mercenaries, survivors, Ella Watson and John Bridges. The entire sequence takes place on the yacht. In the lounge of the boat, where burns a fire in the fireplace, we discover on a chaise, a middle-aged woman lying down, at the same time that we look at the black and white photo in the silver frame. This woman is obviously a friend of Averill that we have seen at Harvard in 1870. In an attitude of frozen, she asks him for a cigarette, pronouncing the last words of the film. In silence, Averill runs and lights the cigarette.


Dismal failure upon its release (it is responsible for the bankruptcy of United Artists), the film now enjoys a considerable reputation with moviegoers and critics, some even considering it as” one of the seven wonders of the world of the cinema “.


• Oscars

Nominated for : art Direction (Tambi Larsen, James L. Berkey)

• Official selection of the Cannes 1981

• Golden Raspberry Awards (the “Oscars” of shame)

Won : Worst director (Michael Cimino)

Nomination : Worst movie

Nominated : Worst screenplay (Michael Cimino)

Nominated : Worst original music (David Mansfield)

Nomination : Worst actor (Kris Kristofferson)

• In February 2010, the readers of English magazine Empire ranked The Door of paradise to the sixth place of the worst movies of all time.

Source : Wikipedia

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