Instead of killing him, Pizarro makes a deal with Atahualpa whereby, if he fills an entire room with objects made from gold in two months, Atahualpa will be set free and will not harm Pizarro. The third scene introduces the God-king Atahuallpa, sovereign Inca of Peru; Villac Umu, his high priest; and Challcuchima, his general.
Ruiz regrets the day he first set eyes upon Pizarro. The screen version has been released on DVD. The Spanish invade Peru, hungry for gold. He eagerly enlists his services. He does so, and is strangled. Old Martin, a soldier of Spain now worth millions, serves as the chorus, telling the story of how Francisco Pizarro, a man in his sixties, managed to conquer an empire of twenty-four million Incans with an expeditionary army of one hundred and sixty-seven men.
The action alternates between the Inca court, fortified high in the mountains, and the approaching Spanish army.
Although the play is performed on an open platform stage with little scenery, the film version opened it up considerably. The Spaniards massacre 3, Incas and take Atahualpa captive.
Young Martin, at the age of fifteen, is schooled in the codes of chivalry and is an idealistic advocate of his king and religion. After many weeks, they climb a mountain to reach the abode of Atahualpa, the king of Incas and also the son of the Sun god.
The army is met there by the Incan Pizarro agrees to do this, and is inducted into the Incan religion by Atahualpa personally. The main attribute is the image of the sun, which presents a creative challenge for all who undertake this mammoth production.
The expedition departs into the forest. Atahuallpa believes the white god is coming to bless him. Pizarro waits until dawn with the body, but it does not re-awake, leading him to hold the body and weep while Old Martin narrates the end of the story. He wanted strange and disturbing sounds produced on primitive instruments such as saws, reed pipes, drums tablas and bongos and cymbals to create the aural world of 16th Century Peru.
Atahualpa tells Pizarro to allow his men to kill him, because, as the son of the Sun, he will revive the morning after anybody kills him. The action then goes back forty years, when Pizarro is recruiting soldiers in Spain for his Peruvian expedition. The play critically studies these two themes throughout the discovery of Atahualpa - the Inca Sun God - and massacre of the Incas themselves.
The lighting design by Martin Aronstein marked the first time exposed lighting was used as an integral part of the design of a Broadway production. Production notes[ edit ] The expedition is predominantly in the name of gold, religion and belief; all Incas being heathens who must be brought before God.
Young Martin - another character in the play - is his younger counterpart, integrated with the time-frame in which the expedition commences. Pizarro, who suffers constant pain from an old wound, has a crisis of faith. He reveals to Martin that he used to dream of the Sun God as a child.
The production by the Theatre Guild was the same as the original London production. Visuals are of the essence with this play, especially the lavish Inca costumes. Music is a key element to this play, more so than any other by Peter Shaffer.
The Spaniards urge Pizarro to have Atahualpa executed, and the beginnings of a mutiny against Pizarro stir. As the room fills up, Pizarro and Atahualpa become increasingly close. When the room is finally filled, Pizarro asks Atahualpa to swear to leave his men unharmed, but the king refuses.
After six weeks, the army passes through the forest and arrives at the border of the Inca Empire, finding a road fifteen feet wide. The next scene introduces the churchmen: It is narrated or commented upon by Old Martin, a jaded man in his mid-fifties.The Inca god is a sun god, ruler of the riches and people of Peru and thought to be immortal.
But the Spaniards have come in conquest rather than in reverence.
There is misunderstanding, confusion, and slaughter: the Spaniards kill unarmed Incas and take the sun god captive. Complete summary of Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt of the Sun.
eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Royal Hunt of the Sun. Mar 06, · Directed by Irving Lerner. With Robert Shaw, Christopher Plummer, Nigel Davenport, Leonard Whiting. InSpanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro leads an expedition into the heart of the Inca Empire and captures the Incan Emperor Atahualpa and claims Peru for Spain/10().
A really good movie with strong messages, Royal Hunt of the Sun is one of those rare gems that, I feel, didnt recieve its due (be it screenplay/script, acting, or costumes). Mostly authentic in costumes and to a large part attitudes of the day (the early 's), it was a movie I had seen in the theaters long ago that fed my already burgeoning /5(47).
The Royal Hunt of the Sun [Peter Shaffer] on ultimedescente.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. History / Casting: 22m, 2f, extras / Scenery: Cyc, drops, inset The Spanish expedition under Pizzaro to the land of the Incas told in dazzling spectacle and moral chiaroscuro.
After general absolution for any crimes they may commit against the pagan Incas/5(3). Based on Peter Shaffer's rich, imaginative play, Royal Hunt of the Sun is a film that's striking in many ways, visually and literately.Download