Saw the full 171-min version. Whoa. Whoa? Dunno. Certainly spectacular, though rarely did I understand what was going on in those three hours. Some big, obviously expensive battle scenes: didn't see the No animals were harmed during the making of at the finish, neither. Well, Kazakhstan, eh? Likely humans and animals both got some bruises making Fall of Otrar. It's... somethin' else!
On one hand, the photogravure fan in me is blown away by the jaw-dropping use of sepia (one of the best I’ve seen?) and riveting detail of armour/architecture, although the point is that warfare, craft and monumental art evolve alongside in mutually conditioned and rivaling twinship, to be zealously exploited for political dominion. The offer’s rich: commerce as early form of espionage (merchants - the indispensable