Men galloping around on horses wearing fezes. Women kept prisoner by eunuchs. Beautiful tile-decorated palaces destroyed by bombing. Azerbaijan tries for independence but loses out when the Soviets march in wearing pointy hats to take over its oil fields. The titular star-crossed lovers have a different role than in the book. Here, Nino is trapped, while Ali takes an active role in life and politics. See it for the costumes and the horses (Azerbaijanis used to be celebrated horsemen, developing their own breed).