Pudovkin's epic fable is rich with propaganda on the evils of imperialism and is conveyed in images that are simply breathtaking. It also has a fantastic tale to tell about the rip-roaring adventures of a Mongolian fur trader who eventually becomes a puppet ruler after being captured by the occupying army. Compositional brilliance and the use of montage are combined deftly to create a film that is essential viewing..
There's an episode which joins beautifully the face and the landscape. Then there's a mock on religion that at the same time seems fascinated with its rituals. Finally, some of the weirdest alternate editing sequences I've seen precede a "clockwork-orangey" political satiral. The culmination of it all is a leap from specific action to abstract historical force. Amazing.
"O, my People! Rise in your ancient strength and free yourself!" Glorious, if historically imaginative, piece of Soviet cinema. Every shot is spectacular, as are the powerful, occasionally even scathing, montages, and brilliant, gut-punching imagery. Plus beautiful footage of early 20th century Mongolia. Death to the capitalist, imperialist pig-dogs!
Essential silent cinema from director Vsevolod Pudovkin that stands as a testament to early Soviet cinema and near rivals Eisenstein with its use of editing technique. Memorable cinematography from Anatoli Golovnya with many striking images and impressive scope. An under sung gem