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  • Summary: Ardak Amirkulov's 1990 historical epic about the intrigue and turmoil preceding Genghis Khan's systematic destruction of the lost east Asian civilization. (Film Society of Lincoln Center)
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  1. 70
    Has an edge of cynicism and cruelty that just as often suggests the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone.
  2. Reviewed by: J. R. Jones
    70
    At 165 minutes this is a pretty long haul, and the shifting alliances mapped out in the dark and claustrophobic first part can be difficult to follow; the payoff comes in the second part, which opens out into dramatic locations and bloody battle as the Mongols lay siege to Otrar.
  3. 60
    Enigmatic from the get-go, The Fall of Otrar builds to a series of spectacular battle scenes, but the mood is never less than sardonic.
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