Sunday, September 4, 2011

43. Potomok Chingiskhana

Potomok Chingiskhana
The Storm Over Asia
So apparently short wait on Netflix means a month (I still love you Netflix!).  Sorry it took so long.  The plus side is that I am a little bit ahead in movies so reviews will be coming up a lot faster.  I am pretty much drowning in movies I have so many to watch.  Not the worst thing I could be drowning in though.

So this was a pretty interesting movie.  Usually the relentless propaganda annoys me but this film is extremely well-done so it makes up for it.  This movie is about a simple herdsman who is captured by the capitalist "dogs".  He is the descendant of an emperor is he is made head of the puppet regime in Mongolia.  Of course, they underestimate his loyalty to socialism and heroism ensues.

I loved the score in this one.  I just watched Pandora's Box (that review is coming shortly) and I felt like I was listening to a parade while simultaneously watching a serious scene.  However, this score was perfect in capturing different moods.  The story was pretty watcheable and the acting was good.  I particularly liked this one scene that was kind of a montage of men doing karate while looking straight at the camera.  That was hot:).

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

This movie is historically inaccurate becuase the British never were in Mongolia and the actions that the British are taking were really done by the Russians.  I should really read more about this.  I think we had like one unit on this in high school and then the rest were on American history. Ah, ethnocentrism..

People that follow my book blog: I did not forget about it!  I am still slogging my way through Clarissa and I should be done at the end of labor day weekend.

This is the ending of the movie.  I don't know why you would want to watch it without seeing the rest of the film but I felt like I should put a clip.  Enjoy:


  1. I had the same complaint about inaccuracy, but then it turned that the British actually were active in Siberia at this time, doing more or less what they do in the movie. I agree that this was very watchable and several steps up from Eisenstein.

    1. Yeah, I haven't found a lot of Russian films that capture my interest.