Constance June 24th, 2008
Cross-posted with my LJ. Mongol, the first installment of a Russian trilogy featuring Genghis Khan is currently playing in a single theater here in Manhattan. Go here and here to see trailers, stills and more information. The film is supposed to have a larger release here in the U.S. It had terrific popular and critical reception in Europe.
The best parts:
–The locations, the vistas, the action, the people — none of them are digital. This is all location and real people riding real horses. It does look different, and so much better, I do say.
–The landscape, as one expects, has the leading role in Mongol. You will not be disappointed. Vistas of snow, of arid slopes, green rolling spring grass, doesn’t seem foreign to someone who grew up on the Great Plains, though, no we didn’t have mountains where I grew up. But I did visit the Black Hills, which are really mountains, often on family summer vacations, and the Badlands, in both South Dakota and North Dakota. The Missouri-Platt system meanders through parts of both these states on their way to the Mississippi, so I saw those too on summer vacations. These are true vistas and landscapes, from my own life, and the lives of these characters in