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¡Que Viva Mexico! - Da zdravstvuyet Meksika!
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Sergei M. Eisenstein (original screenplay)
Grigoriy Aleksandrov (additional material)
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November 1979 (USA) See more »
Eisenstein shows us Mexico in this movie, its history and its culture. He believes, that Mexico can become a modern state. | Full synopsis »
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A beautiful portrait of Mexico by a Russian genius See more (13 total) »


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Sergey Bondarchuk ... Narrator (voice)

Grigoriy Aleksandrov ... Himself

Directed by
Sergei M. Eisenstein 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Grigoriy Aleksandrov  additional material
Sergei M. Eisenstein  original screenplay

Produced by
Kate Crane Gartz .... producer
S. Hillkowitz .... producer
Otto Kahn .... producer (as Kenneth Outwater)
Hunter S. Kimbrough .... producer
Mary Craig Sinclair .... producer
Upton Sinclair .... producer
Cinematography by
Eduard Tisse 
Film Editing by
Grigoriy Aleksandrov 
Esfir Tobak 
Editorial Department
Elene Avakova .... post-production team member
Yelena Babenko .... post-production team member
Viktor Babushkin .... post-production team member
Galina Borolibova .... post-production team member
Alexander Goldstein .... post-production team member
Yuri Isaikim .... post-production team member
Emin Khachaturyan .... post-production team member
Sergei Komminar .... post-production team member
Raisa Lukina .... post-production team member
Leonid Nekhoroshev .... post-production team member
Vera Nikolskaya .... post-production team member
Nikolay Olonovskiy .... post-production team member
Nikita Orlov .... post-production team member
Raisa Politkina .... post-production team member
Vadim Sazonov .... post-production team member
Sergey Skripka .... post-production team member
Yuri Sobolev .... post-production team member
Edgar Staturtskobev .... post-production team member
Lyubov Strageva .... post-production team member
Vladimir Tsetlin .... post-production team member
Yuri Yakushev .... post-production team member
Rostislav Yurenev .... chief post-production consultant
Other crew
Jose Clemente Orozco .... technical advisor: foreign locations (uncredited)
Diego Rivera .... technical advisor: foreign locations (uncredited)
David Alfaro Siqueiros .... technical advisor: foreign locations (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"¡Que Viva Mexico! - Da zdravstvuyet Meksika!" - Soviet Union (original title)
"¡Que viva Mexico!" - USA
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90 min | France:84 min (dvd release)
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Continuity: 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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Referenced in La última película (2013)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful portrait of Mexico by a Russian genius, 5 May 2009
Author: peqdavid5 from Mexico

It's unbelievable how everything can be art when you look through the eyes of a genius. Sergei Eisenstein: the master of editing, the great father of Russian cinema, a role model for other famous directors like Charlie Chaplin or Andrei Tarkovski; author of cinematic masterpieces like Battleship Potemkin, Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky. Now we have his version of his Mexican adventure: "Que Viva Mexico!" an epic semi-documentary lost in time. Why was it lost in time for decades? Because no one in Russia or in the USA trusted this film enough to show it. Eisenstein was a nobody when he arrived in the USA to plan another project, the soviet authorities didn't want him in the USSR due to his polemic point of views of the October Revolution and the czarism. Sergei adored Mexico because of its beauty and its hospitality. Famous Mexican painters like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and David Alfaro Siqueiros, along with his Russian partner Trotsky, helped him to inspire. Eisenstein filmed his version of the Mexican traditions and he was very close. As a Mexican, I didn't realized how magical these traditions were until I watched this film. A really good film maker knows how to show the real life in a fantastic way. Now, do I have to say the name of this really good film maker? I don't think so, I think you already know. "Que Viva Mexico!" highly recommendable, Mexican fellows: watch it, this is your real country.

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