In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.
Here is my 73rd review of the 90 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – 2 (31 Dec 2001 and 13 Feb 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Two Jesuit priests living among the natives in South America have their faith put to the test when the area that they live in becomes contested by both the Spanish and Portuguese governments.
My Take on it – This is a fascinating story that is accentuated by great performances and beautiful cinematography.
The story is told in a very interesting way and we get to see the varying opinions of how to deal with the issues presented while trying to look at the political and religious aspects of it all.
Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro are bot great here and they help us understand the differing world viewpoints of these men.
The cinematography is breathtaking to watch and this film definitely deserved its lone Oscar win in that category.
This film unfortunately was unable to win any of the 6 other Oscars it was nominated for; Picture, Director, Art Direction, Costume Design, Film editing and Musical Score.
It did manage to win the Palm D’Or at Cannes that year tho.
Bottom Line – Great story that is told quite well. Irons and De Niro are both great in their roles despite the way that they both see the world is so different. The cinematography is beautifully filmed and the way that they are able to take us back to a time when the Jungle was more pure is great to absorb. The way that this handles both the political and religious aspects of the time is done exceptionally well in order for the audience to almost fully understand the politics of the time. Nominated for 7 Oscars, but only managed to win for Best Cinematography. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The majority of the crew became ill with amoebic dysentery. Robert De Niro was one of the few who did not catch the illness. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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