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Osip Brik (writer)
I. Novokshenov (story)
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6 September 1930 (USA) See more »
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Valéry Inkijinoff ... Bair, the Mongol [The Son - U.S.] (as Valeri Inkishanov)
I. Dedintsev ... The British Commandant

Aleksandr Chistyakov ... The Russian Rebel Leader
Viktor Tsoppi ... Henry Hughes, unscrupulous fur-buyer.
Fyodor Ivanov ... The Lama (as F. Ivanov)
V. Pro ... British missionary, translates amulet

Boris Barnet ... English soldier, pipe smoker
Karl Gurnyak ... English soldier
Bilinskaya ... The Commandant's Wife
I. Inkizhinov ... Bair's Father
Anel Sudakevich ... Commandant's blonde daughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonid Obolensky ... Commandant's adjutant with moustache (uncredited)

Directed by
Vsevolod Pudovkin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Osip Brik  writer
I. Novokshenov  story

Original Music by
Nikolai Kryukov (1949)
Bernd Schultheis 
Cinematography by
Anatoli Golovnya 
Art Direction by
M. Aronson 
Sergei Kozlovsky 
Music Department
Frank Strobel .... conductor
Other crew
Shelly Hamilton .... intertitler: USA

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Also Known As:
"Potomok Chingis-Khana" - Soviet Union (original title)
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Germany:82 min (restored and synchronised version) | Sweden:114 min | USA:74 min | Australia:126 min | 127 min (18 fps) | Netherlands:127 min (DVD)
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Sound Mix:
Silent | Mono (sound version)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 (1951) | Finland:(Banned) (1929) | Italy:T (1961) | Portugal:M/12 | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The "Lawrence of Arabia" of 1928., 7 December 2007
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

Mongolia always had a certain appeal to me. If China and Russia were to have a baby, it would look like Mongolia. It's such an intriguing and beautiful looking place, with a nice and long culture, that we all yet know so little about. It always has served as a great backdrop for movies.

The movie also focuses a lot on the Mongalian cultures, which also definitely makes this one of the least propaganda filled Russian movies of its period. because most movies were financed- and needed to be approved by the Communist party, who would of course often were making certain demands. I don't know what was the story behind this movie but my guess is it was pretty much the same.

The backdrop and cultural themes within this movie make sure that it is a beautiful shot one to watch, with of course also some typical Russian fast editing, especially during the action sequences.

And the movie does have some good action in it, although the movie is not halve as epic or action filled as its title would suggest, though in the end the movie still starts to show some epic properties, although this is mostly serves a purpose for the movie its symbolism. The ending is by the way quite solid and a rather unforgettable one. In essence the movie for some reason more reminded me of "Lawrence of Arabia", that was also more political and well layered, with different themes and culture-clashes in it, just as this movie is. Also both stories show definitely some similarities. I especially loved the political games within this movie, toward the ending. "Potomok Chingis-Khana" has really got a solid story!

The movie was very well cast. All of the actors seemed to fill the roles right and strongly and had the right required looks for it, which was perhaps the most important aspect in '20's silent-movie casting.

A great watch, also for especially those who like Russian cinema from the '20's but were never fond of the Comministic aspects and themes in it.


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