Potomok Chingis-Khana (Storm over Asia) (The Heir to Genghis Khan)

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Potomok Chingis-Khana (Storm over Asia) (The Heir to Genghis Khan)

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Originally Potomak Chingis-khan (The Heir to Genghis Khan), Russian filmmaker Vsevolod Pudovkin's Storm Over Asia is set in Central Asia in 1920. Valeri Inkijinov plays a young Mongolian trapper ostracized from his village after he is cheated out of a valuable fox fur by a European trader. Becoming a Soviet partisan, the trapper is thrust into prominence when it is learned that he is descended from Genghis Khan. The occupying English army (identified as the White Russian army in foreign prints of the film, downplaying the West's effort to secure a stronghold in Russia in the years following the revolution) puts the trapper in charge of a puppet Mongolian government. By film's end, however, the "puppet" has cut the strings in a spectacular fashion. "Spectacular" is indeed the appropriate word for this sweeping political drama, which though not a huge success with domestic audiences upon its first release, is now regarded as one of Pudovkin's finest efforts. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Potomok Chingis-Khana (Storm over Asia) (The Heir to Genghis Khan)

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  • Pudovkin's strict, building block editing, proficient as it is, tends to cramp the film's flow and suggestive space.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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  • Excellent photography and sterling work by the eminently suitable cast are the conspicuous assets of Vsevolod Pudovkin's silent cinematic contribution.

    March 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • By focusing on non-white characters, Pudovkin also dismisses the inherent racism with which such cultures were viewed at the time, a move that seems revolutionary in and of itself.

    April 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Like all three entries in the Bolshevik trilogy, Storm over Asia may make you want to take up arms yourself and overthrow the bloated status quo.

    April 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • An exciting film, which beats any American audience-film. It makes the boasted dramatic technique of America appear a schoolboy's exercise.

    March 25, 2020 | Full Review…
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    June 30, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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  • Jan 13, 2008
    I absolutely loved this picture. The story, the cinematography, the editing and the list keeps on going, everything is well-made. (I wont get too much into it because it is a very complex film.)
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