1492: Conquest of Paradise script
Synopsis: Determined to find a new sailing route to India, Christopher Columbus (Gérard Depardieu) convinces Spanish Queen Isabella (Sigourney Weaver) to finance an expedition. Setting sail with three ships, Columbus quells potential mutinies until the men arrive in North America. After his triumphant return home, Columbus is appointed governor of the new territory, but his dream of a peaceful new world does not fit with nobleman Don Adrian de Moxica's (Michael Wincott) visions of conquest.

Rain is falling into the room over documents spread on a

table. COLUMBUS stands up and moves to the table. Some

of the walls have been blackened with smoke and flames. A

lizard scuttles into the shadows.


"And those who are enlightened

before the others are condemned to

purse that light in spite of


COLUMBUS stares down at the documents, moving them away

from the rain drips. He stares out by the window, and we


A devastated landscape. Flooded roads, half-destroyed

huts, broken trees... A dog picks its way through the mud.


There was a time when the New World

didn't exist...



A vast stretch of ocean. It fills the screen. Unbroken,

infinite, luminous, mysterious -- it stretches away,

meeting and blending with the sky in pale ribbons of pearl

and misty light.


... The sun set in the west on an

ocean where no man had dared to

venture. And beyond that,


Pulling back, we discover:

A TEN-YEAR-OLD BOY and a strongly built man in his middle

thirties, are riding a mule. The MAN'S weather-beaten

face frames unusually bright eyes.

On the screen these words: ANDALUSIA, 1491

COLUMBUS AND HIS SON are following a windthrashed path at

the top of the hill. COLUMBUS hums a song, and FERNANDO

looks up at him in adoration.


Once I asked my Father where he

wanted to go. And he replied: "I

want to travel all over the seas. I

want to get behind the weather..."

FERNANDO laughs. He then starts to hum along with his




A rugged landscape, remote and steep, with lines of stone

walls and thousands of sheep.

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Roselyne Bosch

Roselyne-Rose Bosch was born in Avignon to a Catalan father and an Italian/French mother. Her father, who fled the franquist regime, transmits his passion for History - every Sunday, the main square of the Provençal city fills up with book traders. Every summer, the city of Avignon houses the largest European Theater Festival. Rose Bosch studies ... more…

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