The Heir to Genghis Khan (Hyperkino Edition) (aka Storm Over Asia 1928) [DVD]
The last part in a trilogy of revolutionary films by Vsevolod Pudovkin, alongside Mother (1926) and The End of St. Petersburg (1927). Based upon the novel by I. Novokshenov, Heir to Genghis Khan / Storm over Asia is set in Mongolia, where a young and simple Mongol herdsman and trapper is cheated out of a valuable fox fur by a European capitalist fur trader. Ostracized from the trading post, he escapes to the hills after brawling with the trader who cheated him. Then in 1920 he becomes a Soviet partisan, and helps them fight for the Soviets against the occupying British army. Capture and injury follow, but then an amulet suggests the trapper is a direct descendant of Genghis Khan... The film is presented as a 2-disc 'hyperkino edition'. Disc 1 contains the standard film in the best available print, with optional subtitles. Disc 2 contains the film, plus numerous scene-specific annotations, video clips and documents (in Russian and in English). These can be viewed on screen, contextualising the film and enhancing the viewer s understanding. This innovative format works extremely well and is one of the most exciting developments in DVD for years. It is especially valuable for important works of World Cinema cinema whose historical contexts crave further exploration.
Running Time: 96 minutes
Region: Region 2
Release Date: 28/05/2012
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