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Tuesday 19 December 2006 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)
Isabel Hilton and guests discuss Mel Gibson's new film Apocalypto. More Braveheart than The Passion of The Christ, Apocalypto is set in Central America 3,000 years ago and performed in Mayan dialect. But will this tale of indigenous culture draw the Latino and Native American audiences in the way that his previous film attracted Christians?
A scene from ApocalyptoA scene from Apocalypto
On Night Waves this evening, film critic Nigel Floyd joins Isabel Hilton to discuss Apocalypto, Mel Gibson's new film set among the Maya in Mexico on the verge of the first Spanish landings. Does this unapologetic chase thriller offer a serious insight into a lost civilisation - and does the implicit parallel with today's allegedly decadent Western civilisation really hold up?