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Que Viva Mexico
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- Also includes Romance Sentimentale (1930) and excerpt from Misery and Fortune of Woman (1929)
- A sampling of texts pertaining to the production and release of Que Viva Mexico!
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Que Viva Mexico is certainly one of the most famous "unfinished" films in history, with a tragic star-laced history about which whole books have been published. In a few words, Sergei Eisenstein went to Hollywood but was almost immediately ostracized by the old studio moguls. Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin led him to the famed moralist, communist, and novelist Upton Sinclair, who agreed to finance a south-of-the border film. The budget was $25k and shooting was to take four months. Sinclair's brother-in-law was to tag along and supervise. A couple of Eisenstein's Russians comrades would handle the cinematography and equipment.
Exactly what happened after that is a matter of some dispute, including countless cross and counter accusations of extremely lewd behavior and fabulous revelry. What is certain is that after 11 months in Mexico the film was still missing its final section and Sinclair pulled the plug on the whole operation. Furious, he then managed to block Eisenstein's return to America and convince Stalin he had been a poor communist. Sinclair kept all the footage and Eisenstein was sent back to Russia in shame.Read more ›
Eisenstein's gift to us is two-fold. First, the sheer artistry of his images. Second, and even more important to me, the images themselves were drawn from a Mexico that no longer exists. Maguey plants so tall that a man can "STAND" on a leaf more than 20 feet above the ground to get a better shot at his enemy! Young girls preparing for a wedding in the Yucatan -- wearing only grass skirts as they paddle dugout canoes from hut to hut built on stilts above the water.
The people are timeless. The rural Mexican is an Aztec who politely condescends to speak Spanish. You see that in every face on which the camera rests.
The film was assembled by the original cameraman, working with the master's original shooting script (with editing instructions in Eisenstein's own handwriting in the margins).
Obviously "pieced" together as a compendium of what was meant to be several films, these vignettes are truly a classic treasure!
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Awesome!! And if Eisenstein had managed to complete part 3, this film would be equally known and celebrated along with Potemkin and Nevsky.Published 9 days ago by George Brown
Masterpiece! I don't give a damn I don't understand the language watching it without subtitles its just beautiful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tomer Ben David
This was a great film about old Mexico and something's have not changed. My wife who is from Mexico agreed with all of the content including the dramatized scenes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Blochd
I saw pieces of this in a film class in the 1960s. Some of the scenes stayed with me, and I am so happy to see it all. A masterpiece.Published 9 months ago by LoveHealeys
too bad eisenstein couldn't finish it but these fragments are great.
they did a great job reconstructing it may i add.
I just loaned this DVD to a co-worker so, obviously, I'm recommending a movie worth watching.
I bought this DVD after watching the PBS documentary, "The Storm that Swept... Read more
Great Black and White footage from 1930s Mexico in a documentary/historical form from an alternative ideological eye. A must for all Mexicophiles.Published on December 12, 2012 by Bruce
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