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Que Viva Mexico (1979)

¡Que Viva Mexico! - Da zdravstvuyet Meksika! (original title)
Eisenstein shows us Mexico in this movie, its history and its culture. He believes, that Mexico can become a modern state.

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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.

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A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia.

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The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

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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.

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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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The story of Russian director Sergei M. Eisenstein in Mexico trying to film his unfinished Que Viva Mexico (1979).

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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.

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The rifles Sebastian and his friends take from the gallery are of lever-action design, in the following gun-fight in the cactus fields they unmistakably use single-shot bolt-action rifles. See more »

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Even if it would have been completed, I would bet that it would be considered one of Eisenstein's lesser works. 7/10
7 May 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Que Viva Mexico is an interesting (reconstruction of a) film by Sergei Eisenstein, the director of so many masterpieces. In fact, of all that I have seen, this is the only non-masterpiece of the bunch. Even the reconstruction of Beshin Meadow I like more. Que Viva Mexico is a semi-documentary. Most of it is uninteresting and, unlike Eisenstein's other films and Tisse's other cinematography, poorly composed. The only parts of real interest come near the end, with the rebellion, something that Eisenstein was used to creating on screen. There is a great gunfight with a woman participating, a precursor to Alexander Nevsky's Vasilisa, and there is a great scene where some rebels are buried up to the shoulders underground and then trampled by horses (by far the best scene in the film). The Day of the Dead celebration is also very interesting. There is also a bullfight that will demonstrate just how cruel bullfighting is.

I do have to complain about the reconstruction that I watched. This was supposed to be a silent film, I believe. The narration I did not mind, for Eisenstein would have had to find a way to communicate what the narrator did anyway. And the music is good, often great. But I object to the insertion of diagetic sound effects, like guns shooting and horses galloping. This is ridiculous. Obviously the only people who are ever going to see this film are Eisenstein enthusiasts, so to try to sell it to the public as a sound movie is ridiculous. Why?


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