Why Does The Movie Apocalypto show the Mayan Culture but then shows the Spanish arriving at the end?
The movie is historically accurate. While the centralized Mayan Empire collapsed in 800AD, individual Mayan cities existed up to the Spanish conquests. While the Aztec was the dominant empire of the region, Mayan city-states existed around southern Mexico and Central America. The Mayan civilization in the movie could have just been an isolated Mayan city-state.
Does the the movie Apocalypto, correctly portray who the Mayans were and how they lived?
I don't know any group that doesn't have enemies.
Anyway, I'll leave the details of this to the historians and archaeologists, but the gist of what I remember from the uproar in my department when the movie came out is that it's pretty seriously lacking in accuracy. I can't remember the details right now, unfortunately, but practically every archaeologist and every anthropologist who worked in Central or South America I knew was incredibly upset about the movie.
How close is "Apocalypto" to the actual historical truths of the place & time being depicted?
Apocalypto has been criticized for more closely portraying the human sacrifice of the Aztecs rather than the Maya. The classic Maya really didn't go in for mass sacrifice. That was the Aztecs.
Also the Spanish arrived 300 years after the last Maya city was abandoned.
Do you know of any good movies that are similar to Apocalypto?
there is a good movie called forrest gump, i loved that movie, but it is nothing like apocalypto. I dont think that was how they really lived but racist whites trying to make the native look like savages, no one will ever know..
Name some good historical movies like Apocalypto that you have watched?
They are usually called 'Period' Movies. If you want them based on true events, that will narrow your search. Here are a few that I enjoy:
The Last of the Mohicans
The Last Samurai
Master and Commander
Search a movie on Amazon, and then see related movies at the bottom of the screen....
There was a period of time in Meso-American archaeology where the Maya were though of as astronomer-mathematicians because they could predict eclipses and their calendar was more acurate than the European one at the time of the conquest. but the murals at Bonampak showed the Maya preparing for raids, taking prisoners and blood letting. Probably the Maya didn't sacrifice victims on the scale that the Aztecs did, but they did it to some degree. So on a particular day that Mel showed there might have been a large amount of sacrifices.