Eisenstein in Guanajuato
reż|dir Peter Greenaway | NL, FI, MX, BE, FR | 2015 | 105 min
prod|pro Bruno Felix, San Fu Maltha, Cristina Velasco, Femke Wolting scen|wr Peter Greenaway zdj|ph Reinier van Brummelen muz|mus Siergiej Prokofiew mon|ed Elmer Leupen ob|cast Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Maya Zapata, Lisa Owen, Stelio Savante dys|dis Bomba Film
In 1931, the Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein, famous for his propaganda film “Battleship Potemkin,” goes to Guanajuato to shoot “¡Que viva México!”. A genius with an eccentric appearance and the demeanour of a hyperactive lunatic, Eisenstein is enamoured of the new culture, its flavour and liberal approach to the body and sexuality. While making plans for the production of the grand film, which is faced with many obstacles in Mexico, the director gains perspective and changes his attitude towards the Stalinist regime.
Greenway dazes the viewer with a plethora of dynamic cinematographic and editing devices: successive zoom-ins, a divided screen, and an opulent set design are all part of a conscious play on Eisenstein's film poetics. Elmer Bäck becomes the titular protagonist with an unstable dose of energy, charisma, and humour.
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