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by Peter Greenaway


The venerated filmmaker Eisenstein is comparable in talent, insight and wisdom, with the likes of Shakespeare or Beethoven; there are few – if any – directors who can be elevated to such heights. On the back of his revolutionary film Battleship Potemkin, he was celebrated around the world, and invited to the US. Ultimately rejected by Hollywood and maliciously maligned by conservative Americans, Eisenstein traveled to Mexico in 1931 to consider a film privately funded by American pro-Communist sympathizers, headed by the American writer Upton Sinclair. Eisenstein’s sensual Mexican experience appears to have been pivotal in his life and film career – a significant hinge between the early successes of Strike, Battleship Potemkin, and October, which made him a world-renowned figure, and his hesitant later career with Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible and The Boyar’s Plot.

original title: Eisenstein in Guanajuato
country: Netherlands, Mexico, Belgium, Finland
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Peter Greenaway
film run: 90'
release date: IT 4/06/2015, FR 8/07/2015, BE 8/07/2015, DE 12/11/2015, ES 8/01/2016
cast: Stelio Savante, Elmer Bäck, Lisa Owen
cinematography by: Reinier van Brummelen
art director: Ana Solares
costumes designer: Brenda Gomez
producer: Bruno Felix, Cristina Velasco, Femke Wolting
co-producer: Liisa Penttilä
production: Submarine, Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep (VPRO)
distributor: Yleisradio - YLE, Teodora Film, Pyramide Distribution, Betta Pictures, Abc Distribution


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