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Storm Over Asia
     

Storm Over Asia

Director: Vsevolod Pudovkin

Cast: I. Inkizhinov, A. Dedintsev, A. Tchistakov

 

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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

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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.

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All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Storm Over Asia has historical significance for several reasons. It was directed by renowned filmmaker and theorist Vsevolod Pudovkin. Also, it was atypical of Soviet films of that time period because it did not feature Russian heroes or an obvious pro-Soviet message, although it did include propagandistic attacks on both capitalism and British imperialism (the occupying forces were later identified as White Russians in some prints). Furthermore, the movie was shot on location in Mongolia with a cast featuring many local nonprofessional actors; it includes ethnographic footage of ceremonial dances, healing rituals, and fur trading in the marketplace. But Storm Over Asia is worth seeing for another reason: it is a tightly constructed, entertaining film. In addition to beautifully composed shots and virtuosic editing, the film offers a compelling (albeit heavy-handed) story of an individual struggling with adversity; it places a greater emphasis on personal drama than such well-known Soviet silent films as Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, for example. Storm Over Asia is a gripping historical epic with a rousing finale and some remarkable scenes; the sequence in which a British officer is ordered to shoot the film's protagonist is particularly memorable. The film also contains its share of irony and humor, as demonstrated in the close-ups of the British officers dressing themselves and the buildup to the grand llama's appearance. How much you enjoy Storm Over Asia may depend on whether you see a remastered print or a shorter version; nonetheless, it is an important part of film history that's worth seeing if you get the chance.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2017
UPC:
0889290192738
Original Release:
1928
Rating:
NR
Source:
Flicker Alley
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
41,732

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
I. Inkizhinov The Son
A. Dedintsev Actor
A. Tchistakov Rebel Leader
L. Belinskaya His Wife
L. Dediseff Commander
Anel Sudakevich Actor
A. Sudkaveich Their Daughter
Vladimir Tsoppi Actor
Karl Gurnyak Actor
Boris Barnet Actor
Alexander Chistyakov Partisan Commander
V. Pro Actor
F. Ivanov Actor
Leonid Obolensky Actor
A. Christiakov Actor
Valery Inkijinoff The Son
Vsevolod Pudovkin Actor
Anna Sten Actor

Technical Credits
Vsevolod Pudovkin Director
Anatoli Golovnya Cinematographer
Sergei Kozlovsky Art Director

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