Enrico Sabbatini spent over three years designing over 4,000 unique costumes and 3,500 pairs of shoes. His research required two trips to China where he visited museums and talked with historians in an attempt to re-create the 13th century before returning to Rome with thousands of square feet of silks, cottons and cashmeres and more than 1,000 furs. The embroideries were done in China, the hand-hammered armor was made in Italy and the jade was hand-carved for the Mongol belts and the breastplate of Kublai Khan. Even the undergarments were authentic. All the costumes were of museum quality and were specially presented at the Washington Textile Museum, where among the highlights was a ceremonial robe ornately embroidered with dragons in gold leaf at a cost of $7,000. See more »
The US broadcast of the 10-hour mini-series aired on NBC in four consecutive nights from May 16-19, 1982. Parts 1 and 4 were three hours long, while parts 2 and 3 were two hours long (including commercials). See more »
This movie kept my interest throughout every single last minute, from the opening credits the night of the first episode, to the closing credits the night of the final episode. One might think that somewhere in there, your attention would wander, but not with this movie. It was absolutely wonderful and the way it combined all aspects of the story and the characters - love, adventure, compassion, greed, war, in-fighting, etc. - was marvellous. It seems that nearly all of the TV mini-series are available on video, but I can't find this. The highest compliment a movie can get from the viewer is their time and I will say that I would watch this over and over and over again. I give it a 10!!!
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