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Que Viva Mexico (1979)
"¡Que Viva Mexico! - Da zdravstvuyet Meksika!" (original title)

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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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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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a bolshevik film so many others
12 May 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have to start out by saying that i do not give this movie such a high rating based on Eisenstein's vision of the Mexican culture, but more on his amazing ability to manipulate time and space to create a new meaning. He is able to make us believe we are watching a documentary on Mexico when all along we are watching a movie about continuous progress through revolutions (Eisenstein communist vision). He starts his movie with a vision of proclaiming time in the episode Sandunga. Then in the next episode Fiesta he shows us the conquest of Cortes in the 16th century. Next its Maguey which is the dictator of Porfirio Diaz. The following episode is Soldadera (which is when Eisenstein ran out of budget) which is his representation of the 1910-1920 Mexican revolution. Finally, in the prologue he shows us a free Mexico. (He even slips a little of his ideology by representing the capitalists as the "doomed class".)This movie could easily be watched without even noticing this, but i think everyone should try to watch this and keeping in mind Eisenstein bolshevik background. He came to Mexico being financed by a communist writer, and was received by 3 communists mural painters...there was no way this could not be a typical communist, propaganda movie. At some times he represents wrongly Mexicans, but i truly believe its to achieve his main goal, that maybe he even did it on purpose in order to really show an evolution through time...To wrap it up; this movie, and this producer have an enormous and interesting past thats worth looking into to.


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