Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Released 2016


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Peter Greenaway
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In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a new film to be titled Que Viva Mexico. Freshly rejected by Hollywood and under increasing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, Eisenstein arrives at the city of Guanajuato. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino Cañedo, he vulnerably experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, sex and death, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life. Peter Greenaway's film explores the mind of a creative genius facing the desires and fears of love, sex and death through ten passionate days that helped shape the rest of the career of one of the greatest masters of Cinema.

Metacritic Score

  • 83

    The Film Stage

    Elmer Bäck's performance as Eisenstein is exceptional, his manic energy somehow able to match that of the film's visuals and achieving a synergy of exuberance.

  • 70

    The Hollywood Reporter Boyd van Hoeij

    Greenaway's habitual approach is perfect for this material, constantly externalizing the director's ideas about Eisenstein's life and work and the way the two are connected in a wa...

  • 40

    Screen International Lee Marshall

    Sure, there's a strong element of arch playfulness in the exercise, but that doesn't make the end result any less tiresome. In Eisenstein In Guanajuato, Greenaway is good at making...

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