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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
There’s nothing subtle about Peter Greenaway’s film – not least the great Russian film-maker being anally penetrated while pontificating on Bolshevik history
If you’ve decided to make a work of art in which the subject is also one of the fundamental pioneers of your chosen medium, the thinking, I would imagine, is to go big or go home. Eisenstein in Guanajuato is far from a subtle picture, and hardly what you’d call to everyone’s taste, but it certainly doesn’t lack for enthusiasm, vision or style.
Peter Greenaway, the aesthete British director expatriated to Holland, who set an unsolvable murder mystery at a 17th-century estate with The Draughtsman’s Contract; helped concoct the Nc-17 rating with The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; and reimagined a freaky-deaky Tempest with Prospero’s Books has chosen Sergei Eisenstein’s “lost” stint in Mexico for the third »
- Jordan Hoffman
Director: Peter Greenaway
Writer: Peter Greenaway
Before he turns 80 years old and cinema dies, auteur Peter Greenaway has announced his plans to finish up thirty projects in the next seven years or so. He’s whittling away at his goal, last year unveiling his first title in a planned trilogy on Sergei Eisenstein at Berlin, the bombastic and beautiful Eisenstein in Guanajuato. With planned projects on Dutch painter Hieronymous Bosch and more Eisenstein on the way, Greenaway takes a detour in 2016 with Walking to Paris, a portrait of Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, who walked from Bucharest to Paris in 1903 and 1904. British actor Emun Elliott (who has appeared in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Exodus: Gods and Kings) stars as Brancusi, while Swiss actress Carla Juri (of the infamous Wetlands (review), 2013) and Scottish actor Gianni Capaldi are also in the cast.
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- Nicholas Bell
3 items from 2016
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