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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
London — Febiofest, the key film event in Czech Republic capital Prague, will host a tribute this week to British producer Mike Downey, deputy chair of European Film Academy.
Downey, who is CEO and co-founder of London-based Film and Music Entertainment, will be honored for his contribution to European cinema. Downey, who with producing partner Sam Taylor has produced 50 movies over the last 15 years, is a former member of BAFTA’s council and film committee.
Febiofest will present five of Downey’s productions, including Peter Greenaway’s historical-biographical picture “Goltzius and the Pelican Company.” Also screening will be “The President,” about the last day of a fallen dictator, which was directed by a Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who has won awards in Cannes and Venice.
- Leo Barraclough
Finally, Peter Greenaway's "Eisenstein in Guanajuato" sees the light of day this month at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. Shot in Mexico, the avant-biopic follows Russian iconoclast Sergei Eisenstein's 10 sensually stirring days spent in the title city in 1931, a heady influence on his life and films. (Trailer below.) Though the British director of such brainy melds of art and film as "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" (1989), "A Zed & Two Naughts" and "The Pillow Book"(1996) has lately been working on experimental art projects, Greenaway has put out a couple of features in recent years, including "Goltzius and the Pelican Company" (2012) with F. Murray Abraham. A Berlin competition entry, "Eisenstein"'s cast includes Finnish actor Elmer Back in the title role, Mexican actor Luis Alberti in the role of his guide (Palomino Canedo), South African actor Stelio Savante as Hunter S. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Eisenstein in Guanajauto
Cinema is alive and kicking and so is director Peter Greenaway, though listening to the esteemed auteur often leads one to believe otherwise. The creator of some of the cinema’s most alluring and sometimes controversial works (the unforgettable The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover 1989 or the less renowned The Baby of Macon, 1995), Greenaway has long challenged the visual limits of film. Anyone doubting his continued masterful ability need only look to his last completed feature (sadly without Us distribution), Goltzius and the Pelican Company, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival. He also contributed to the 2013 omnibus 3x3D along with Edgar Pera and Jean-Luc Godard. His latest, Eisenstein in Guanajuato is exactly what it says it’s about, a reenactment of the famed filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein at a pivotal moment in his career. After being maligned by »
- Nicholas Bell
4 items from 2015
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