5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
In light of today’s controversy over Christopher Columbus, it is interesting to see how it he was portrayed in this 1949 film which was released 12 years after Columbus Day became a federal holiday.
Synopsis: In the 15th century, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (Fredric March) seeks an audience from Isabella I, Queen of Castile (Florence Eldridge), to plead his case for an expedition to circle the globe and reach the East by sailing West. After three years, permission having been granted, the voyage begins. After thirty days at sea, the crew is on the point of mutiny when land is finally spotted: not the Far East, but a whole New World.
Introduction by Dr. Vincent Fausone, Jr.
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