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Peter Greenaway’s trademark mannerisms are there in this explicit, erotic speculative gay affair between the Russian film-maker and his Mexican host
Peter Greenaway’s familiar mannerisms are present in this new film: it unceasingly bombards you with images and ideas. There are the trademark rectilinear compositions, madly overcooked monologues and hammy acting, faces in closeup lit from below, reflections of Hockneyesque rippling water, an interest in architecture that Greenaway here complicates with woozily bending wide angles and Escher-type illusions: all unfolding on a single, unvarying rhetorical note.
Sometimes it’s insufferable but sometimes intriguing. It also has passion. Because there’s something else here, something very explicit and erotic. This is a speculation based on Sergei Eisenstein’s trip to Mexico in 1930 to work on a film project (ultimately doomed) called ¡Que Viva Mexico!, which was going to depict the history of Mexico leading up to the 1910 revolution. Greenaway »
- Peter Bradshaw
Peter Greenaway’s Golden Bear nominated Eisenstein In Guanajuato (Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Maya Zapata, Lisa Owen, Stelio Savante, Rasmus Slatis & Jakob Öhrman) will be released theatrically in the UK through independent British distributor Axiom Films on April 15th with the Blu-ray release scheduled for June 6th.
In addition to its Golden Bear nomination at the Berlin International Film Festival where it received its World Premiere, the film has been well received on the festival circuit, earning nominations and awards for Greenaway at the International Film Festival Of India, Nederlands Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival and Seville European Film Festival.
Eisenstein In Guanajuato will have its U.K. Premiere at the 2016 Glasgow Film Festival this month following its U. »
- Gary Collinson
Biographical film about Sergei Eisenstein was Golden Bear nominated last year.
Strand Releasing handled the title’s Us theatrical, which began on Feb 5.
The film premiered at the Berlinale in 2015 where Greenaway was nominated for a Golden Bear. »
Once Upon a Time in Mexico: Greenaway’s Homage an Inspired Provocation
Erotically charged and artfully crafted, Eisenstein in Guanajuato is the first of two titles devoted to portions of Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s life, and proves Peter Greenaway has lost none of his edge. At the age of 72, British auteur filmmaker maintains his ability to amaze. Ever the provocative experimentalist, he belongs to a rare class of director, one who manages to delight and confound, challenge and dismay even into his later period of film making. There’s a perverse thrill to be had watching the daringness on display in this examination of a Russian legend that bluntly examines his sexual orientation in a way that would never be produced from his native country.
Based out of Netherlands and often focusing on depictions recreating the universe in which iconic works of art originated, Greenaway’s later films »
- Nicholas Bell
The great Peter Greenaway is finally returning this year with his long-developing Sergei Eisenstein drama, and it was well worth the wait. Reviewing it out of last year’s Berlinale, we said, “Ostensibly, Eisenstein in Guanajuato is a chronicle of Sergei Eisenstein’s ill-fated endeavor to shoot a film in Mexico at the age of 33. However, not only is Eisenstein never shown shooting a single scene, but anyone without prior knowledge of the Soviet master is unlikely to come out of the film much wiser about his life or place in film history.”
We added, “Rather, in paying homage to one of his heroes, Greenaway delves into the director’s personality, offering an interpretation radically different from the customarily-held image of Eisenstein as a solemn and cerebral revolutionary genius. The biographical focus, unsurprisingly, is on Eisenstein’s sexuality, whereas his groundbreaking film techniques and theory are explored visually through a »
- Jordan Raup
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