Having revolutionized film editing through such masterworks of montage as Potemkin and Strike, Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein emigrated west in hopes of testing the capabilities of the American film industry.
Did You Know?
This record only represents the 200,000-plus feet of unedited film that Sergei M. Eisenstein
, Grigoriy Aleksandrov
and Eduard Tisse
shot in Mexico 1931/32 for Mary and Upton Sinclair
and three American co-financiers. It was Eisenstein's vision to end up with movie about Mexico in six parts called "Calavera", "Sandunga", "Maguey", "Fiesta", "Soldadera", and "Epilogue". The project was canceled before it was completed due to cost overruns and months-delayed completion, and the producers refused to let Eisenstein attempt to edit anything from the material he had finished after Joseph Stalin
called him back to the USSR. From this footage the following pictures were subsequently edited by other hands: Thunder Over Mexico
(1933), Eisenstein in Mexico
(1933), Death Day
(1934), Time in the Sun
(1940), and Que Viva Mexico
(1979). See more