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And, yes, seeing Brian Dennehy cast as Kublai Khan made it especially hard to buy into the treatment! But the sets, costumes and storyline were all quite extraordinary. A lot of effort obviously went into the production , which was made in China with a substantial budget.
But many things just didn't sit right with me: the magnificence of Kublai Kahn's court, his cities, the military technology, and a romance between Marco and a Chinese princess? And then the Kahn charges Marco with delivering the princess to the other side of the planet???
I watched it to the end...and then ran to Amazon to find a book to get the facts. The book I found was The Travels of Marco Polo: Edited by Peter Harris (Everyman's Library (Cloth)).
Amazing news...this "sensationalized" mini-series barely scratches the surface of the astounding things Marco Polo reports in his 700 year old tale of travel!
His adventures, many of which are dramatized in this DVD, seemed absolutely unbelievable...until I found most of them proven true in the book... including the story about delivering the princess.
And the romance? Well, I suspect that Marco left quite a few personal facts out of his life in China. So kudos to the scriptwriters who wrote a little love between the lines of his historic journey.
Bottom line - a great film for couples or anyone with an interest in history.
If you just watch the film, marvel that there's more truth in this account than there is fiction! And if you want to know the truth, treat yourself to the book.
One comment though- why Brian Dennehy as Khan? Actually, he holds his own, but it doesn't work visually. It's a very strange choice.
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this is absolutely marvellous....made me aware of many aspects of Marco's life at the Kublai Khan's court and the nature of men there.Published 5 days ago by carolina
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Loved it greatly! I believe he may have changed the thinking of the entire western world, and it has never yet been surpassed!Published 16 months ago by Florence Hiatt
Researchers found that Marco Polo is a terrible liar. He never come to China and all the story is a fabricated lies. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Johonna Asquith
I thought this would be like the series, its ok, kind of slow and drags on, the seller is great, great price just not a great moviePublished 17 months ago by Francis Hope Lindemann