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Thunder Over Mexico (1933)

As was common in Diaz's Mexico, a young hacienda worker finds his betrothed imprisoned and his life threatened by his master for confronting a hacienda guest for raping the girl.

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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.

Directors: Grigori Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Félix Balderas, Sara García, Martín Hernández
Old and New (1929)
Drama
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100.000.000 peasants - illiterate, poor, hungry. There comes a day when one woman decides that she can live old life no longer. Using ways of new Soviet state and industrial progress she changes life and labor of her village.

Directors: Grigori Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Marfa Lapkina, M. Ivanin, Konstantin Vasilyev
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In 1930, a group of three Russians - Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Alexandrov, and Eduard Tisse - began an ambitious film in Mexico. A year later the backers halted the project before filming was complete.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Documentary | Drama | Western
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Eisenstein shows us Mexico in this movie, its history and its culture. He believes, that Mexico can become a modern state.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Sergey Bondarchuk, Grigori Aleksandrov
Stachka (1925)
Drama
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A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Grigori Aleksandrov, Maksim Shtraukh, Mikhail Gomorov
Action | Drama | History
Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Boris Ivanov, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Dmitriy Orlov, Vladimir Yershov
Drama | History
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In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in ... See full summary »

Directors: Grigori Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Boris Livanov, Nikolay Popov, Vasili Nikandrov
Action | Drama | History
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The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev
Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov
Biography | Drama | History
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During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman
Biography | History
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As Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate their Tsar.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Serafima Birman, Pavel Kadochnikov
Comedy | Short
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Directors: Grigori Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Mara Griy
Comedy | War
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A farcical war between the forces of Commercial Cinema and Independent Cinema.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Ivor Montagu, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jean-Georges Auriol, Béla Balázs, Janine Bouissounouse
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Martín Hernández ...
Sebastian Enriquez
Isabel Villaseñor ...
Maria, his betrothed
Félix Balderas ...
Sebastian's Brother
Julio Saldívar ...
The Haciendado
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As was common in Diaz's Mexico, a young hacienda worker finds his betrothed imprisoned and his life threatened by his master for confronting a hacienda guest for raping the girl.

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22 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Burza nad Meksykiem  »

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This was put together from footage shot by Sergei M. Eisenstein for his aborted project Que Viva Mexico (1979) in 1931, which was not released until the 1970s. See more »

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the emperor's clothes
3 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Eisenstein is hailed as one of the great directors by the establishment critics.

But a look at movies like this prove that the emperor's clothes are not there.

Loosely, this is a story of revolt in Mexico.

However, one could never figure out what is going on without a scorecard.

Eisenstein provides no logical vision here. What we see looks like a twelve year old rich kid with a movie camera.

There is no story line, although we are told one exists. You really do have to read the plot summary to know what is going on.

Eisenstein tries too hard to deliver what he thinks are "clever" camera shots. He tries too hard to be "convincing", to "prove a point". He tries too hard to be "hateful", and loses a grip on reality.

One wouldn't want to be an underling to what appears to be a raving lunatic. That is the only thing Eisenstein accomplishes. To look like a raving maniac. No, one wouldn't want to even turn one's back on someone like this. Only the most naive would trust him.

But people were more naive in the 1930s. They didn't have the sort of information we have today.

And if the establishment proclaimed a man a genius, he had no opposition.

It is much the same today, only now the more scholarly at least can sift through information to at least let them know they're being had. You still can't beat the establishment, and all the idiots who cling to it, but at least today you can know why you are suffering.

For this movie, we get some violent images, none of which can be linked together, in a muddled mess.


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