Thursday, May 10, 2018

By the Gods!

Hulina (Anita Ekberg) kills Genghis Khan (Roldano Lupi) in THE MONGOLS (1961)

Is this a spoiler? Yes and no. We all know Ghengis Khan died but how he died is a mystery. So, of course this gives writers carte blanche to come up with any plot point to explain his death. This is more drama than reality but at least it gives Anita something to do. Many find the idea of Anita playing a Mongol ridiculous. Of course it is, because in the movie she isn't Mongol but descendant of a captive people and is the lover/slave to Khan's son, played by Jack Palance. Blame PC culture for those dismissing this film because of this. Many scenes from this mini-epic were re-used in other films, mainly the big battle scenes. Those scenes were directed by Riccardo Freda, not André De Toth.

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