Category:Cultural depictions of Marco Polo
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The following 13 pages are in this category, out of 13 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 13 pages are in this category, out of 13 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. The Adventures of Marco Polo – The Adventures of Marco Polo is a 1938 drama-adventure genre film, and one of the most elaborate and costly of Samuel Goldwyns productions. Nicolo Polo shows treasures from China and sends his son Marco Polo there with his assistant Binguccio. They sail from Venice, are shipwrecked, and cross the desert of Persia and the mountains of Tibet to China, to seek out Peking and the palace of Chinas ruler, Kublai Khan. The philosopher/fireworks-maker Chen Tsu is the first friend they make in the city, children explode a fire-cracker, and Marco thinks it could be a weapon. Meanwhile, at the Palace, Ahmed, the Emperors adviser, harboring dubious ambitions of his own, Kublai Khan promises Princess Kukachin to the King of Persia. Marco, arriving at the palace, sees Kukachin praying for a handsome husband, Marco is granted an audience with the emperor at the same time as a group of ladies-in-waiting arrive, Kublai Khan lets Marco test the maidens to find out which are the most worthy. Marco tests them all with a question, and he sends off the ones who had guessed the answer, as well as those who had told him the correct answer. His reasoning behind this is that they are the perfect ladies-in-waiting, not overly intelligent, Kublai agrees and Marco immediately becomes a favored guest. Ahmed shows Marco his private tower with vultures and executes a spy via a trapdoor into a lion pit, Kukachin tells Marco that she is going to marry the King of Persia, but, having fallen in love with her, he shows her what a kiss is. A guard tells Ahmed, who vows to keep Marco out of the way, Ahmed then advises Kublai Khan to send Marco into the desert to spy on suspected rebels. Kukachin warns Marco of the deceiving Ahmed, Gary Cooper as Marco Polo Sigrid Gurie as Princess Kukachin Basil Rathbone as Ahmed George Barbier as Kublai Khan Binnie Barnes as Nazama Ernest Truex as Binguccio Alan Hale as Kaidu H. B. However, he went on, it is amiable make-believe, rich in the outlandish pageantry Hollywood loves to manufacture, facilely narrated, variety called the film a spectacular melodrama and an excellent vehicle for Cooper and inaccurately predicted that it would be a box office hit. Film Daily called the film a thrilling, romantic offering and called Cooper an excellent choice for the role, harrisons Reports found Expert performances and a romance handled in good taste, but found that its appeal would be limited to sophisticated audiences because it was lacking in action. John Mosher of The New Yorker called the film a big disappointment, motion Picture Daily praised the lavish production but said the title role would have been much better suited to Rudolph Valentino than Gary Cooper. The New York Sun wrote, In spite of its elaborate settings, the film was a box office flop, losing an estimated $700,000. The Adventures of Marco Polo at the Internet Movie Database synopsis at AllMovie
2. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990 TV series) – Bill & Teds Excellent Adventures is a 1990 spin-off animated television series following the misadventures of two time-travelling slackers as they travel into the distant past and future. It was based on the 1989 film, Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure and is part of the Bill & Ted franchise. The first season was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired on CBS, with Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, in the second season, the show switched production companies and networks, now airing on Fox Kids and produced by DIC Entertainment. The new episodes introduced a Squint phone booth that could take Bill and Ted into literature, television shows, the new show had trouble catching on, and after one more season, Bill and Ted was cancelled. One Sweet & Sour Chinese Adventure – To Go - Bill & Ted play loud rock n roll music and accidentally break a Chinese vase. To avoid getting in trouble, the use their trusty phone booth time machine to go to ancient China to find a replacement where they also meet the famous Italian explorer Marco Polo. They also get in trouble with historys greatest archer, William Tell. A Most Excellent Roman Holiday - The dudes are taking a Latin class & are given an assignment about a rare Ancient Roman coin and they also save Julius Caesar from being assassinated. Model T for Ted - Ted is given driving lessons in his fathers car, Blue Betty, & he accidentally wrecks it, which leads to him & Bill going back in time to require some help. They also improve the first Thanksgiving feast, meet pirates & sea explorers like Sir Francis Drake, car pioneer Henry Ford & the inventors of the airplane, The Wright Brothers. The More Heinous They are, the Harder They Fall - Bill & Ted use their phone booth to find a heinous bully to deal with a bully at Deacons school. They also help polar explorer Richard E. Byrd fly across the South Pole, build a nose for the Sphinx, & help Mr. Henry Morton Stanley find Dr. David Livingstone. A Black Night in San Dimas - A math teacher named Ms. Spleen is fed up with Bill & Ted & threatens them with expelling them unless they can catch up with their homework. In order to get an audience at their concert, they go back to get their old friends Joanna & Elizabeth from 15th century England. Never the Twain Shall Meet - The dudes must find a person for Career Day, first they meet the greatest playwright ever, William Shakespeare, gold pioneer John Sutter, and American novelist & humorist Mark Twain. This season featured historical characters like Giacomo Casanova, Elvis Presley, Theodoric, Now Museum, Now You Dont - The Totally Gross Anatomy of a Gym Teacher - The Star Strangled Banner - Leave it to Bill and Ted - Goodbye, Columbus. George Carlin – Rufus Bernie Casey – Mr. J, ward - Jonathan Winters - Anderson Wong - Evan Richards – Bill S. Preston, Esq. In 2013, TGG Direct, LLC released a 2 disc Best of DVD, Disc 1 has most of the episodes from Season 1, while Disc 2 has the complete second season
3. Invisible Cities – Invisible Cities is a novel by Italian writer Italo Calvino. It was published in Italy in 1972 by Giulio Einaudi Editore, the book explores imagination and the imaginable through the descriptions of cities by an explorer, Marco Polo. The book is framed as a conversation between the aging and busy emperor Kublai Khan, who constantly has merchants coming to describe the state of his expanding and vast empire, and Polo. The interludes between Khan and Polo are no less poetically constructed than the cities, and form a device that plays with the natural complexity of language. Over the nine chapters, Marco describes a total of fifty-five cities, the descriptions of the cities lie between these two sections. The matrix of eleven column themes and fifty-five subchapters shows some interesting properties, each column has five entries, rows only one, so there are fifty-five cities in all. The matrix of cities has a central element, the pattern of cities is symmetric with respect to inversion about that center. Equivalently, it is symmetric against 180 degree rotations about Baucis, inner chapters have diagonal cascades of five cities. These five-city cascades are displaced by one theme column to the right as one proceeds to the next chapter, the same pattern is used in reverse in chapter 1 as the diagonal cascade of cities is born The book was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1976. Invisible Cities is the basis for an opera by composer Christopher Cerrone, the performance could be heard by about 200 audience members, who wore wireless headphones and were allowed to move through the station at will. An audio recording of the opera was released in November 2014, the opera was named a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music. For which polity. in P. Heritier, P. Silvestri, Good government, Governance, luigi Einaudi’s Legacy and Contemporary Society, Leo Olschki, Firenze,2012, pp. p. 313-332
4. The Journeyer – The Journeyer is a historical novel about Marco Polo, written by Gary Jennings and first published in 1984. Marco is the heir to the wealthy Polo family of Venice. Unsupervised, he roams the streets and canals of the city getting in trouble. When he is accused of murdering the husband of his lover, he is exiled from Venice and travels east with his father and uncle to the court of Kublai Khan. Marco remains in the empire for nearly twenty years and returns home as a wealthy man, Marco Polo is the last of the illustrious Polo family left in Venice, after his father and uncles moved abroad, leaving him and his mother behind. His mother dies when he is seven, and he becomes increasingly unruly as he is raised by family servants like Zia Zulia, and their black slave Michiel. Marco becomes friends with Venices boat children, a group of orphans who live on the canals of Venice, Marco becomes even more uncontrollable when Zia Zulia and Michiel are caught sleeping together and subsequently run away. Marco Polo – protagonist and narrator, a Venetian merchant who travels east to China and he loves to speak in parables. Marco learns of his uncle’s homosexuality and is disgusted by it, mafìo shares a potion with his lover Achmed and goes mad as a result. He spends the rest of his life an invalid, Kubilai Khan – The Khan of all Khans. Soon after the Polos arrive in his capital, Kubilai takes a liking to young Marco, nostril – Marco’s slave bought for him by his father to keep an eye on Marco while the elder Polos left him behind in Baghdad. Nostril is a Sind and has had other names such as Sindbad, Ali Babar. He is later given his freedom by Marco and marries the former Turki princess Mar-Janar, hui-Sheng – Echo Marco Polos Min lover and consort. She is a deaf-mute who dies in childbirth, Doris – one of the “boat children, ” the poor orphans of the Venice docks. Marco befriends Doris and her brother Ubaldo, before he leaves for his journey, Marco and Doris make love. Marco later marries her daughter who is half his age when he returns to Venice 20 years after leaving. Princess Moth – The Crown Princess or Shahzrad Magas, daughter of Shahinshah Zaman and she introduces Marco to many of the Persian pleasures of the bedroom. Mordecai Cartafilo – A Jewish merchant of Venice, he meets Marco in prison, for that good deed, Marco receives help from other Jewish people all throughout his travels
5. Kubla Khan – Kubla Khan, or, A Vision in a Dream, A Fragment /ˌkʊblə ˈkɑːn/ is a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, completed in 1797 and published in 1816. Upon waking, he set about writing lines of poetry came to him from the dream until he was interrupted by a person from Porlock. The poem could not be completed according to its original 200–300 line plan as the interruption caused him to forget the lines and he left it unpublished and kept it for private readings for his friends until 1816 when, at the prompting of Lord Byron, it was published. Some of Coleridges contemporaries denounced the poem and questioned his story of its origin and it was not until years later that critics began to openly admire the poem. Most modern critics now view Kubla Khan as one of Coleridges three great poems, along with The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Christabel. The poem is considered one of the most famous examples of Romanticism in English poetry, a copy of the manuscript is a permanent exhibit at the British Library in London. Some time between 9 and 14 October 1797, when Coleridge says he had completed the tragedy, he left Stowey for Lynton. On his return, he sick and rested at Ash Farm, located at Culbone Church. On awakening he appeared to himself to have a distinct recollection of the whole, and taking his pen, ink, and paper, instantly and eagerly wrote down the lines that are here preserved. Without the after restoration of the latter, Then all the charm Is broken—all that phantom-world so fair Vanishes, who scarcely darst lift up thine eyes-- The stream will soon renew its smoothness, soon The visions will return. And lo. he stays, And soon the fragments dim of lovely forms Come trembling back, unite, yet from the still surviving recollections in his mind, the Author has frequently purposed to finish for himself what had been originally, as it were, given to him. But the to-morrow is yet to come, as a contrast to this vision, I have annexed a fragment of a very different character, describing with equal fidelity the dream of pain and disease. The book contained a description of Xanadu, the summer capital of the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. This quotation was based upon the writings of the Venetian explorer Marco Polo who is believed to have visited Xanadu in about 1275. Marco Polo also mentioned a large palace made of gilded and lacquered cane or bamboo which could be taken apart quickly. He described it this way, Moreover at a spot in the Park where there is a charming wood he has another Palace built of cane and it is gilt all over, and most elaborately finished inside. The roof, like the rest, is formed of canes, covered with a varnish so strong and these canes are a good 3 palms in girth, and from 10 to 15 paces in length. In short, the whole Palace is built of these canes, the construction of the Palace is so devised that it can be taken down and put up again with great celerity, and it can all be taken to pieces and removed whithersoever the Emperor may command
6. Marco Polo (Doctor Who) – Marco Polo is the completely missing fourth serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in seven weekly parts from 22 February to 4 April 1964. The story is set in China, in the year 1289, with the series characters interacting with Venetian merchant-explorer Marco Polo. The historical period and context avoids science fiction elements beyond establishing the way by which the Doctor, although audio recordings and still photographs of the story exist, no footage of this serial is known to have survived. This is the earliest known serial that has no recovered episodes, the TARDIS crew lands in the Himalayas of Cathay in 1289, their ship badly damaged, and are picked up by Marco Polos caravan on its way along the fabled Silk Road to see the Emperor Kublai Khan. The Doctor and his companions attempt to regain the TARDIS. Susan gets the key from Ping-Cho but is captured by Tegana before they can depart and they are finally able to thwart Tegana, who kills himself, and, in doing so, regain the Emperors respect for Marco Polo, who allows them to depart. Historical episodes, stories that no science fiction elements beyond the basic premise of the show, were relatively common for the first few seasons of Doctor Who. Marco Polo features many elements, both historical and scientific, as was part of the shows original remit. The format enjoyed a revival in 1982 with Black Orchid. The historical format is also employed in the 1995 novel Sanctuary, veteran Bollywood actress Zohra Sehgal appeared in several episodes in an uncredited role as an attendant. She later appeared in episode two The Knight Of Jaffa of The Crusade, zienia Merton appeared in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, an episode of the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures,45 years after her appearance in this serial. Jimmy Gardner later played Idmon in Underworld, philip Voss later played Wahed in The Dominators. Tutte Lemkow later played Ibrahim in The Crusade and Cyclops in The Myth Makers, derren Nesbitt has appeared in two Doctor Who audio plays, as Thomas Dodd in Spare Parts and as Quences in Auld Mortality. Mark Eden later appeared in Mark Gatisss 50th anniversary Docudrama An Adventure in Space and this is one of only three stories of which no footage whatsoever is known to have survived. Telesnaps of Episodes 1-3 and 5-7 are held by the serials director, the audio soundtrack is also intact, having been recorded off air during the original transmissions. The last known TV broadcast of this story was in Ethiopia, the fate of the prints is unknown. A novelisation of this serial, written by John Lucarotti, was published by Target Books in December 1984. The Tele-Snaps of episodes 1,2,3,5,6 and 7 were published in the Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition, in 2003, a three-CD set of the audio soundtrack was released, as part of Doctor Whos 40th anniversary
7. Marco Polo (miniseries) – Marco Polo is an American-Italian television miniseries originally broadcast by NBC in the United States, by Antenne 2 in France, and by RAI in Italy in 1982. It starred Kenneth Marshall as Marco Polo, the 13th-century Venetian merchant, the series also featured appearances by Denholm Elliott, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Burt Lancaster, Ian McShane, Leonard Nimoy, and others. It was originally broadcast in four episodes, where episodes 1 and 4 were twice as long as episodes 2 and 3, the series is sometimes divided into six equally long episodes. Set in the 13th century, the series follows the adventures of Marco Polo and his journey through Asia lasts three and half years and leads him through barren deserts and vast steppes. Marco spends several years in Beijing as a guest of the Great Khan, earning the trust of, Marco Polo accompanies a Venetian merchant fleet as it stops for the night. A raid results in Marco being taken prisoner, in the year 1299, in the Italian city of Genoa, Rustichello da Pisa is held in a prison cell and questioned for information about Marco Polo. Marco Polo is revealed to be another prisoner, but is accused of lying, the people questioning him are Brother Damien of Milan and Fillipe of Genoa, both members of the Order of Saint Dominic. Both are concerned that the tales of Marco Polo are heretical and will corrupt the minds of people, as Rustichello narrates, the story shifts to Marco Polo in his youth. In his youth, Marco Polo was eager to hear merchants tell stories of their travels, as his mother lays on her deathbed, Marcos aunt Flora laments for his father, who has sent nothing but items that she sees as idols of another god. His father Niccolò and uncle Matteo Polo return home and they appear before the Council of the Republic of Venice, hoping for a possible alliance between the Mongols and the Republic. The Polo brothers show the council Mongolian currency and tell stories of the might of the Mongols, the Council has no interest in an alliance with the Mongols. Marcos father and uncle tell him of stories of the great Kublai Khan, intrigued, Marco asks them to take him with them, but he is refused. As Niccolò and Matteo attempt to find a sponsor for their next voyage, Niccolò and Maffeo realise that they must take Marco with them on their journey, but only as far as Jerusalem until the heat dies down in Venice. A few days before arriving at Jerusalem, Marco has his first taste of the world when he witnesses a contingent of Crusaders massacre a tribe of Bedouin and they bring along Marcos long time friend Jacopo. In the city church, the Polos, at the favour of the cardinal of Acre, the priest of the church is extremely reluctant to do it, but grants it. The oil is given to the cardinal of Acre, who reveals he has chosen to be the new pope by the college of Cardinals. In real life, it corresponds with the election of Teobaldo Visconti as Pope Gregory X, as the Polo family ready themselves to go East again, they are caught up in an ambush that kills Jacopo. As they are taken prisoner, the party is taken before the Bedouin leader, the captor leader is an Italian who converted to Islam after being taken prisoner in Tripoli
8. Marco Polo (TV series) – Marco Polo is an American drama web television series inspired by Marco Polos early years in the court of Kublai Khan, the Khagan of the Mongol Empire and the founder of the Yuan dynasty. The show premiered on Netflix on December 12,2014, the series was written and created by John Fusco and stars Lorenzo Richelmy in the title role with Benedict Wong as Kublai Khan. The series is produced by The Weinstein Company, on January 7,2015, Marco Polo was renewed by Netflix for a 10-episode second season, which premiered on July 1,2016. On December 12,2016, Netflix announced they had canceled Marco Polo after two seasons. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter, the two seasons resulted in a $200 million loss for Netflix, and the decision to cancel the series was jointly taken by Netflix. + Luthi portrays Ling Ling in season 1, Chew in season 2, the series was originally developed at Starz, which had picked up the series in January 2012. After attempts to film in China failed, the project was released back to The Weinstein Company. Netflix then picked up the series for a 10-episode season, for approximately $90 million, making it one of the most expensive TV shows in the world, the project was officially announced at Netflix in January 2014. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg serve as producers and directed the pilot and second episodes, The Wayfarer and The Wolf. The series was filmed in Italy, Kazakhstan, and at Pinewood Studios in Malaysia, stuntman Ju Kun was working on the show alongside fight choreographer Brett Chan, but went missing with the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 during pre-production. To prepare for her role as Chabi, Joan Chen read the book The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford, during his extensive research, show creator John Fusco traveled the Silk Road by horseback and also crossed the Ming Sha Dunes of Western China on camel. In Venice, Italy he sought out and studied the Last Will, while some Mongolian viewers and experts view it as riddled with historical errors, many have praised the series. Orgil Narangerel, who played Genghis Khan in a BBC documentary, as a Mongol and an artist, Marco Polo makes me feel like our dreams are coming true, he told AFP. I watched all 10 episodes in just one day, the series featured music by Mongolian bands Altan Urag and Batzorig Vaanchig of Asias Got Talent, who cameoed as a singer. Daniele Luppi composed the theme, whilst Peter Nashel and Eric V. Hachikian are composers of the original score. The first season of Marco Polo was met with reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a rating of 24%, based on 33 reviews, the sites critical consensus reads, An all-around disappointment, Marco Polo is less entertaining than a round of the game that shares its name. On Metacritic, the shows first season has a score of 48 out of 100 based on 21 reviews by critics, writing for People, Tom Gliatto praised the series, calling it. a fun, body-flinging, old-fashioned epic
9. Marco the Magnificent – La Fabuleuse aventure de Marco Polo or Marco the Magnificent is a 1965 International co-production adventure film directed by Denys de La Patellière and Raoul Lévy. Kublai Khan, Mongol Emperor of China Omar Sharif, sheik Alla Hou, The Desert Wind Orson Welles. The Old Man of the Mountain Elsa Martinelli, the Woman with the Whip Robert Hossein. Prince Nayam, Mongol Rebel Leader Grégoire Aslan, pope Gregory X Lynne Sue Moon. Guillaume de Tripoli, a Knight Templar Jacques Monod, nicolo de Vicenza, a Knight Templar Mica Orlovic. Matteo, Marcos Uncle La Fabuleuse aventure de Marco Polo at the Internet Movie Database
10. Voyagers! – Voyagers. is an American science fiction television series about time travel that aired on NBC during the 1982–1983 season. The series stars Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce and we travel through time to help history along. give it a push where its needed. When the Omnis red, it means historys wrong and our job is to get everything back on track. Bogg and Jeffrey first met when Boggs Omni malfunctioned and took him to 1982, landing him in the apartment of Jeffreys aunt and uncle. With his Guidebook stuck in 1982, Bogg had to rely on Jeffrey, whose father had been a history professor, to help him. Jeffreys knowledge proved invaluable, for example, in the first episode Jeffrey ensured that baby Mosess basket traveled down the Nile where it was met by the Pharaohs daughter, Phineas was timeless in his machismo, and managed to fall for a beautiful woman in almost every episode. Whenever Jeffreys wisdom was paired up against Boggs stubbornness, Jeffrey usually won out, to which Bogg would always mutter, however, they developed a strong relationship and became a formidable team. In the course of their adventures together, they encountered other Voyagers whose missions happened to overlap with theirs. It was revealed later in the series that despite Jeffreys age, over the closing credits of each episode, regular cast member Meeno Peluce said in voice over, If you want to learn more about, take a voyage down to your public library. Voyagers ran for one season of 20 episodes, broadcast opposite the top-rated 60 Minutes, the series averaged a 17 share. NBC canceled Voyagers. and replaced it with the magazine program Monitor. On July 17,2007, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released all 20 episodes of Voyagers and it was released in Region 2 on October 29,2007. All 20 episodes are available in the United States by streaming through Amazon Video. The Show Must Go On, How the Deaths of Lead Actors Have Affected Television Series, Voyagers Guidebook, The Ultimate Picture Fansite Voyagers. at the Internet Movie Database Voyagers. at TV. com