Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mongol Cultural Impact on Hollywood and Entertainment Media

The impact of Mongol culture and history on modern popular culture can be seen in several instances in contemporary art, Hollywood films, literature, news media, video games and other arenas of popular culture.

From the borrowing of traditional Mongolian costumes, facial makeup and hairstyles by George Lucas and costume designer Trisha Biggar for the Star Wars films to video games based on Chinggis Khan and his conquests, Mongolian culture and history occupies a distinct place in modern cultural history.

Genghis Khan Video Game circa 1989
Chinggis Khan inspired Nintendo platform video game by Koei Corp., Japan.

Genghis Khan II Video Game circa 1994
Sega Genesis platform video game by Koei Corp., Japan.

Director George Lucas was inspired by Mongolian traditional regal hair-styles, facial makeup and costume designs which his costume designer, Trisha Biggar, then incorporated into the costume, makeup and hair-style designs for the Star Wars film character Queen Amidala.

Portrait of the wife of nobleman Nasantogtokh by Sonomtseren, circa 1900.

Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala in Star Wars film.

Mongolian princesses in Maidar celebration in Mongolia, circa 1900. AMNH Library.

Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala in Star Wars film.

Two Mongolian Women looking a Magazine, Forty Miles north of Urga, 2nd Expedition, Photo by Yvette Borup Andrews, 1919, AMNH Library.

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