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I. Novokshenov (story)
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6 September 1930 (USA) See more »
Pudovokin's Remarkable Film Of The East In Revolt
In 1918 a simple Mongolian herdsman escapes to the hills after brawling with a western capitalist fur trader who cheats him... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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Valéry Inkijinoff was a friend and classmate of Vsevolod Pudovkin at Moscow film school and the film was conceived with him in the lead part.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"We are training the soul of the new leader", 23 September 2011
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

This is an unusual project, deeply polemic like all Soviet cinema of the period but with the entire 'tyrants and proles' puppet play relocated to the far eastern steppe; so standing in for the exploited but spirited with fight peoples are now the indigenous Mongols, but again trapped between antiquated, superstitious religion and a cruel ruling elite financed by unethical capitalism. Workers back in Moscow and Lenigrand were supposed to relate.

Pudovkin is talented in making the equivalence, he intercuts the military aristocrats being pampered and groomed for an occasion with the Buddhist priests being helped in their ceremonial attire to receive them. The meeting of these two oppressors is marked with secret dances made to look chaotic, and Buddhist music made to sound intentionally grating and dissonant.

The mockery continues inside the temple, with the all-knowing, wise high lama revealed to be only a child; he looks apprehensive as everyone accords him the utmost respect. The insidious comments are particularly egregious when viewed in context of what the Buddhist were about to suffer in the hands of the Chinese comrades and how much of that elaborate spiritual culture was trampled under the mass-suicide of Mao's agricultural reforms.

Most of it flows by without much incident; vast dusty landscapes, petty human cruelties. Wars, and counterwars. The plot is eventually about a humble Mongol fur trapper being mistaken for the heir of Genghis Khan and groomed by the military to be the puppet ruler of a new nation.

Pudovkin was never quite an Eisenstein or Dovzhenko; he could concentrate his films into a motion as pervasive as they did, but couldn't sustain for as long. So we get bumpy stretches across otherwise pleasant vistas.

But then we have the ending, absolutely one of the finest pieces of silent cinema. It is a karmic hurricane of splintered image; motion that begins indoors with a fight is eventually transferred outside and escalates in a revolutionary apocalypse of stunning violence that scatters an entire army across the steppe like dead leaves. Trees, dust, crops, dirt - all rushing before the camera like Pudovkin's montage is so frenzied and powerful it threatens to rip apart the very fabric of the world.

Watch the film just so you get to this part, then watch side by side with Kuleshov's By the Law for the haunting aftermath of the apocalypse that begins here, and Zemlya for how it's endured. The call is, as usual, for revolution, but we can use it now in all three films as a broader metaphor about the effort to release the energies of the soul, about a metaphysical breakthrough.

Watch like you were having your soul trained for this breakthrough.

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