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Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)

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Rejected by Hollywood and facing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a new film. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino, he experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life.

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Biography

From Moscow to Mexico City, Eisenstein was privileged enough to met the cultural heroes of the era and embrace them as compatriots, with a handshake. Such was his reputation as the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Greenaway
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Diego Rivera
Cristina Velasco Lozano ...
Frida Kahlo
Rasmus Slätis ...
Grisha Alexandrov
Jakob Öhrman ...
Eduard Tisse
Sara Juárez ...
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Alaín Vargas ...
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Concepción Cañedo
Gustavo Galván ...
Rolando
Emiliano Morales ...
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Anna Knaifel ...
Pera
Alenka Rios ...
Alba (as Alenka Rios Hart)
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The venerated filmmaker Eisenstein is comparable in talent, insight and wisdom, with the likes of Shakespeare or Beethoven; there are few - if any - directors who can be elevated to such heights. On the back of his revolutionary film Battleship Potemkin, he was celebrated around the world, and invited to the US. Ultimately rejected by Hollywood and maliciously maligned by conservative Americans, Eisenstein traveled to Mexico in 1931 to consider a film privately funded by American pro-Communist sympathizers, headed by the American writer Upton Sinclair. Eisenstein's sensual Mexican experience appears to have been pivotal in his life and film career - a significant hinge between the early successes of Strike, Battleship Potemkin, and October, which made him a world-renowned figure, and his hesitant later career with Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible and The Boyar's Plot. Written by Peter Greenaway

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18 June 2015 (Netherlands)  »

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Ajzenštajn u Gvanahuatu  »

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Budget:

€2,472,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,823 (USA) (5 February 2016)

Gross:

$34,282 (USA) (15 April 2016)
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In Spain was only released in 7 theaters. Was released in dubbed version (1 theater) / subtitled version (6 theaters). See more »

Goofs

Eisenstein tells his Mexican audience at the beginning of the film that he looks forward to Mexican food, including burritos and chmichangas. Burritos and chimichangas, though featured in U. S. Mexican restaurants, are not known in Mexico nor considered Mexican food by Mexicans in the country. This reveals a glaring oversight in director Peter Greenaway setting the tone and setting of the film accurately. See more »

Connections

Followed by Eisenstein in Hollywood (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Montagues Et Capulets (Dance of the Knights)
from the ballet "Romeo and Juliet"
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
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Editing and visuals: fantastic! Plot and characters: ...
19 October 2015 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

I have not seen any of Greenaway's previous movies, and while I have seen Potemkin, I barley knew anything about (the actual) Eisenstein going in.

What I loved about this movie: The editing is fantastic. It plays around with the format, having real life photos of the characters and the locations next to characters as they are mentioned, playing with angles and positions of the characters, experimenting with colors, and obviously, using montages in a great way. I hope this is all based on Eisenstein's actual writings about the subject, as it is clear that he has thoughts about what movies can do with these tools.

That's the one positive thing I have to say about this movie. The characters are stylized into cartoon characters, and the dialog is boring and unengaging. The actual storyline is very forgettable. Greenaway chose to have the movie focus on Eisenstein's experiences in Mexico, but did not include any of the actual movie-making Eisenstein did there. To me, that would have been a more interesting movie - but I can understand that Greenaway had a different vision for this story.

The sexual scenes were graphical, but not grotesque or provoking (unless you are provoked by homosexuality).


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