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Mystery of the Maya

Author: Barrie HowellsRoberto RochínÓscar A MonteroSusan GloverNational Film Board of Canada.All authors
Publisher: Montreal, Quebec : National Film Board of Canada ; Studio City, CA: Distributed by Razor Digital Entertainment, ©2005.
Series: 15/70 collection.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As Europe suffered through the Dark Ages, the culture of the Maya of Central America was reaching its apex. Through dramatizations and recreations, this film illustrates scenes from traditional Maya life, the period of the Spanish invasion, the nineteenth-century explorers who first documented the existence of Maya cities, and the discovery of the tomb of seventh-century ruler King Pacal at Palenque. The film  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Barrie Howells; Roberto Rochín; Óscar A Montero; Susan Glover; National Film Board of Canada.; Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía.; Canadian Museum of Civilization.; Mexico. Secretaría de Turismo.; Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (Mexico); Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (Mexico); Razor Digital Entertainment (Firm)
OCLC Number: 64553222
Language Note: In English, dubbed French, Spanish, or Chinese with optional subtitles in English.
Notes: Special features: Trailers (9 min.).
Credits: Director of photography, Savas Kalogeras ; art director, Carmen Giménez Cacho ; picture editor, Michael McKinnirey ; original music, Larry Crosley ; narration writer, Barry Howells ; costumes, Rocio Ramirez, Ximena Fernandez ; research, Margarita Laborde Dovalí. Holly Dressel ; advisor, Mario Pérez Campa.
Performer(s): Narrator, Susan Glover; actors, Nicolas Alonso, Bianca Guerra, Javier Viesca, François Tormos, Oscal Traven, Juan Antonio Llanes, Juan Carlos Colombo, Alberto Ruz Jr.
Event notes: Originally produced as an IMAX motion picture in 1995.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 40 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital surround.
Contents: History of the Maya --
Hidden cities --
A scientific approach --
Burning of the books --
Temple discoveries --
Math & astrology --
Decoding hieroglyphs --
The tomb of Pacal --
The mystery continues --
Past, present, future --
Credits.
Series Title: 15/70 collection.
Responsibility: The National Film Board of Canada, The Mexican Film Institute, The Canadian Museum of Civilization present ; coproduced by The National Film Board of Canada, The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Secretary of Tourism-Mexico, National Council of Culture and Arts-Mexico, The Mexican Film Institute with the cooperation of The National Institute of Anthropology and History-Mexico ; script writer, Oscar Montero ; producer, Barrie Howells ; directed by Barrie Howells, Roberto Rochin.

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As Europe suffered through the Dark Ages, the culture of the Maya of Central America was reaching its apex. Through dramatizations and recreations, this film illustrates scenes from traditional Maya life, the period of the Spanish invasion, the nineteenth-century explorers who first documented the existence of Maya cities, and the discovery of the tomb of seventh-century ruler King Pacal at Palenque. The film considers remarkable Maya achievements in art, architecture, the calendar and astronomical observations, and writing through the lens of their great city-temples of Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Palenque. The work of various despoilers, explorers, and archeologists, from Franciscan bishop Diego de Landa and the lost Maya Codex, the Englishmen Frederick Catherwood and Alfred Maudslay in preserving images of carvings, which have been damaged or lost, to Giles Healey and the story of the spectacular Bonampak murals, is also detailed. This film invites the world to ponder the achievements of the Maya civilization and to speculate on the reasons for its demise.

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