December 1st, 2006 by daryl in Movies, Directors
Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Says: December 10th, 2006 at 6:04 pm
Apocalypto is more like a pornographic looney tunes than a serious film about the Maya. Looking for cover from negative reviews of the film, Mel Gibson asserts that he consulted “experts” in the field in order to portray the Maya authentically. We don’t really know what the Maya were like. What we have are perspectives based on Spanish accounts which were unlikely to represent the Maya in anything but a savage and brutal point of view. From these accounts have emerged secondary sources that only poison the pot further against the Maya and the other indigenous peoples of Mexico. My research uncovers a different Maya than the one portrayed by Gibson’s Apocalyto.
Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, Ph.D.Visiting Scholar, Texas A&M University–Kingsville
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