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Que Viva Mexico (1979)

¡Que Viva Mexico! - Da zdravstvuyet Meksika! (original title)
Eisenstein shows us Mexico in this movie, its history and its culture. He believes, that Mexico can become a modern state.

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Grigoriy Aleksandrov (additional material), Sergei M. Eisenstein (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sergey Bondarchuk ... Narrator (voice)
Grigoriy Aleksandrov ... Himself
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Eisenstein shows us Mexico in this movie, its history and its culture. He believes, that Mexico can become a modern state.

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Que Viva Mexico See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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"Que Viva Mexico" About Fantasy Land
25 October 2008 | by ruralplainSee all my reviews

The pleasure of the film is in the noble vistas of the kind Social Realist (aka Marxist) directors so excel at creating. It is horribly marred, however, by an absolutely puerile view of Mexican society and history. Not only are both viewed from a naive Marxist perspective, but the original material being twisted to fit a Marxist perspective is already twisted by Eisenstein's foolish inventions. His fascination with his own surreal idea of Mexican countrywomen walking around without shirts betrays a leering attitude toward women and an almost unbelievably patronizing attitude toward Mexico, which becomes a sort of south Pacific paradise of sexually liberated and smiling honeys. The purely pagan wedding ceremony in Indian dress including feathers belongs to the Hollywood genre of Shangri-la. The sequence in the maguey plantation is visually very interesting, but the narrative is about as unreal and stupid as was ever seen on film. This film is to be recommended only for its visuals, and even this will be enjoyed by very tolerant viewers.


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