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Feature Film

Classic - Art House - History

Russian Federation 1932 | 90 Min

Que viva México!

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Subtitles in

The Mexican Revolution

Genre

Classic Art House History

Subjects

mexico yucatán maya civilization tehuantepec bullfighting day of the dead mexican revolution

Language

Russian

Story

There is no evidence that Eisenstein had any specific idea for a film about or set in Mexico before his actual arrival there in December 1930, although he began shooting almost immediately. The Sinclairs had made it clear that they were expecting Eisenstein to concentrate on visual imagery, and anything by way of a plot would be secondary: they were looking for an artistic travelogue. Furthermore, although the film was to have been completed by April 1931, it wasn't until about that time that Eisenstein even settled on the basic idea of a multi-part film, an anthology with each part focused on a different subculture of the Mexican peoples. Only later still would this idea resolve itself into the concept of a six-part film encompassing the history of the nation, its people and its societal evolution to the present time. Specific details and the contents of each section, and how to connect them, would evolve further over the ensuing months while Eisenstein, Alexandrov and Tisse shot tens of thousands of feet of film. Toward the latter part of 1931, the film was finally structured, in Eisenstein's mind, to consist of four primary sections plus a brief prologue and epilogue.[13] (wikipedia)

Director

Sergei Eisenstein

Writer

Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov

Cast

Sergei Bondarchuk
Félix Balderas
Sara García
Martín Hernández
David Liceága
Julio Saldívar
Isabel Villaseñor

Producers

Upton Sinclair, Mary Craig Sinclair, Otto Kahn, Kate Crane Gratz

Cinematographer

Gabriel Figueroa, Eduard Tisse

Production Designer

Editors

Kenneth Anger

Composer

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