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3.2
325 Ratings

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Directed by Peter Greenaway
Netherlands, Mexico, 2015
Romance, Biography, Avant-Garde

Synopsis

In 1931, after being freshly rejected by Hollywood and under pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Guanajuato, Mexico, to shoot a new film. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino Cañedo, he experiences the ties between sex and death.

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Eisenstein in Guanajuato Directed by Peter Greenaway
It comes across as an immaculately researched and stirringly mounted biopic which breathes new life into a tired mould. But there’s never a point where you feel like Eisenstein is anything more than a fanciful creation, the product of an artist’s mind rather than a credible creation. Perhaps complaining that the film lacks for humanity is missing the point, but if you happen to like your cinema retooled as a scattershot history lesson intoned by a randy academic, then you could do a lot worse.
April 15, 2016
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In uncovering montage as something more than the cut, Greenaway transforms a crucial aspect of film theory. Eros and Thanatos — homosexual Fucking and Death — release Eisenstein from the great montage “cover up.” But as things happen, one cover up leads to another. Eisenstein invariably puts on a new mask. Nonetheless, it will be difficult to return to theories of montage as nothing more than the straight cut. With Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato, Eisensteinian montage is made to bleed.
April 15, 2016
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For the better part of two hours we lumber through something that isn’t really a film at all, but a look book, a pastiche of images relating to Eisenstein, like the research for a film yet to be made.
April 01, 2016

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