Mongol: The Rise to Power of Genghis Khan (Sergei Bodrov Sr; 2007)

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Hi, my name's Ally and this is the ruse fails, you know podcast where we watch Russian films and films with a Russian connection. As always I am joined by a guest. And today my guest is dr. Sarah if dekha hi Sarah. Thank you for coming on the show. Hi Ellie. Thank you for having me. So before we get started Sarah, could you tell us a little more about yourself? Yeah, so I am professionally a medieval historian. I am currently teaching at Indiana University and working on a book project on Jewish and Christian Women's economic activities in medieval Catalunya. And in my spare time, I guess technically I have a podcast media evil where I talk about medieval movies and what they get rid of what they get wrong and what they tell us about how modern people see the medieval past. Yeah. It's a it's a great show and you kind enough to have have me on for an episode a little while back. Yes on the Vikings, which is a lot of fun. Yes, I got to revisit my undergraduate kind of like Scandinavian 800 to 1,200 module that added in Denmark which was which was a lot of fun. But yeah, tell tell you what for for those who haven't caught Sarah's show yet spoiler alert generally filmmakers and May pop culture makers generally get more stuff wrong than than they they get right. I would say absolutely the the short version of my description of the podcast is death just medieval movies and why they're wrong. Yeah. Yeah. That's that's a that's a much neater tagline. And I think I've got for this show. But yeah, I never mind but definitely it seems like wage. I mean it's been going on for a while now, but for the last decade to to it feels like for somebody who's a who's a fan of that wage? Secure historical. That seems like there's been a lot of Pop Culture interest in in the Middle Ages at least like superficially. Yeah. Yeah, so you would agree with that. Yeah, definitely and I will say also I mean I think Game of Thrones is a big part of it in terms of really popularizing it to a greater extent. Oh absolutely. Like I feel like Vikings, you know, which way just mentioned. I feel like that would not have got made in a pre Game of Thrones world, but it said there was an audience for sort of that but with you know, the Fantastical elements kind of stripped out and I think in its turn I mean I'm bound to say this as a bit of a Tolkien. I feel like the original Lord of the Rings trilogy show. Yeah, I could spend a lot of money doing something in a you know, as you would term it like medieval ask fantasy Universe way off. That you know has a lot of the kind of things that people associate with the with the Middle Ages. Yeah, which of course makes sense since Tolkien himself is actually a professional medieval list. Yes, or who actually, you know knew what he was he was he was talking about. Yeah in George RR Martin, I will say has done his research. I mean obviously it's it's fantasy. It's real real Middle Ages, but there are definitely a lot of things in Game of Thrones at all talk about one of these days on my podcast where you can definitely see where he got things from if you know the. Yes, well indeed and I suspect we will return to that later in this intro. I yeah, I guess but yeah, I'm not wanting to get on to that too soon, but I did want to ask what would you say besides the you know, the success of you know, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings before it showing from a commercial point of view for the you know,

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