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    Sandokan

    Here's Sandokan the Malaysian Tiger, or a Malaysian pirate out of the fantasy of Emilio Salgari, an Italian book writer who lived across the XIX and XX century.
    A TV serial movie was made here in Italy on Sandokan in 1976 and then three more up to the 90ies. The success was incredible and the actor playing that role was tha Indian Kabir Bedi, who became and is most popular here.
    The same happened to the music (You may listed to the soundtrack and trailer on
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtDlcM0Zmzg
    if You wish) and to the various commercial gadgets that, quite early as a practice, were sold.


    Emilio Salgari, died not yet old at all, suicide, under the pressure of a beloved wife who got crazy, but, mainly, being poor because of the greed of his publishers.
    If he wrote in French or in English then, he would have certainly had a great success.
    He wrote many adventure books appreciated by boys and youngsters (and grown people as well) and his main two characters and heros are a Malaysian (Sandokan), a pirate fighting against the English colonizers (curiously a nation founded also on piracy, either with pirates and withe corsairs ) and Tremal Naik, an Indian from Bengala. Quite unusual at those times to have non Europeans to act as the main protagonists and heros in novels not led by some white man. Other books were on corsairs (in particular the Black Corsair) and other exotic places and figures.
    The amazing thing about Emilio Salgari is that he never travelled abroad, except with his fantasy.
    His books were very popular and read by anybody at young age up to my generation.
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    Last edited by Caesar; 01-19-2012 at 09:15 PM.
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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    Wonderful work dear Caesar, and very interesting story, thankyou for sharing

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    Such interesting facial expression, you have captured the essence of a personality here
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    A wonderful painting done in your excellent style Cesare
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    This is so well done dear Caesar! You have really incorporated a great expression upon his face that is so believable.
    My real name is Neal Gilbertson, AKA Gilbert Neilson, AKA Jibes.
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    dear Caesar....an excellent work.. and worthy of the author.. the posing of the figure and flag make for a dramatic moment...

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    Wonderful work Cesare, and thank you for sharing this story with us. So sad about the actor...

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    Well done Caesar your Malaysian pirate looks ready for battle!
    Great to see your work again and I enjoyed reading your history lesson as well.

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    Thank You, dear Pat! For literature, far more than for music and visual art, the place where You was born and when, thus the language and network, makes a very big difference for success. Emilio Salgari had much popularity and success, but isn't known and recognized as he would have deserved.

    Dear Iceaxe, Kabir Bedi, who played that part and was indicative reference for this painting, had a very handsome and magnetic personality with a charming touch of exotic appeal on ladies of any age at those times. Thank You!

    So pleased to get Your positive comment, dear Katie. Thank You!

    Ready to fight for his people, isn't he, dear Jibes! Thank You!

    Dear Gary, here I decided to use a limited palette mainly based on a toned down contrast between red/ oranges and green/ blues.

    Actually the sad story was about the author and not the actor, who's fortunately still healthy and in good shape, dear Sandra.
    Have a look to the trailer if You wish, that music is recharging, I find, and the actor very charming, with a final scene where he acrobatically fights against a tiger! Thank You!

    Thank You, dear SCP!
    Emilio Salgari was such a creative adventure writer that he could have written many of today movies, similar to and as much enthralling as Caribbean Pirates, Indiana Jones and many more. Moreover he was so curious and open to other countries and cultures (he could not afford to visit) that he did not have, in those old times, an European-American-centric position when he invented his protagonists.
    In other words, a quite modern man born a century before, but not an exception since so many other Italians, in those times too, even without or with a just newborn state, were born explorers as in the past. Among them, for instance, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, African explorer and archaelogist who made some of the most important discoveries in Egyptology. I wish Italians of today could be able to resume so many forgotten outstanding examples ...
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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    This is superb dear Cesare masterfully done
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