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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.

Directors: Grigori Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein
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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
Drama | History
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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.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Martín Hernández, Isabel Villaseñor, Félix Balderas
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
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
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
Action | Biography | Drama
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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
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
Bezhin lug (1937)
Short | Drama
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A Soviet farmer's son, who is working at a Kolchos is killed by his father, who wants to burn the fields of the Kolchos to damage the Soviet Society.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Viktor Kartashov, Nikolay Khmelyov, Pyotr Arzhanov
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
Action | Drama | History
Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Boris Ivanov, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Dmitriy Orlov, Vladimir Yershov
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Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Mikhail Romm, Oleg Zhakov
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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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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma (1994) See more »

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How do things result when we apply Russian ideas to Mexico?
11 September 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

If you know about Sergei Eisenstein's "Que Viva Mexico! - Da zdravstvuyet Meksika!", you probably know that Eisenstein ran out of money and left the movie incomplete, so collaborator Grigoriy Aleksandrov organized the footage as close to how Eisenstein envisioned it. I personally thought that it was a fascinating movie, but one of many films where they throw so much at you that it's really hard to digest.

Knowing that Eisenstein met with the execs at Paramount Pictures but didn't see eye to eye with them, I get the feeling that he may have made this movie in part to indict US involvement in Latin America. As we Americans were supposed to view our southern neighbor as the land of sombreros and senoritas, he wanted to show that there was a more serious-intellectual side, and of course the indigenous aspect.

In my opinion, the combination of the Day of the Dead sequence and the rebellion at the end really constitute the movie's strength, sort of like the rebellion in "Battleship Potemkin". Much of the rest of the film consists of very exaggerated facial expressions (the Russians love those, don't they?). But either way, I still recommend the movie as an important installation in cinematic history, exactly the sort of thing to show in film classes. If anything surprised me, it was that they were allowed to show nudity; I always sort of assume that no major movie in any country was allowed to back then (but don't get me wrong: some of those women were really hot!).


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