Netherlands, Mexico, 105 min
In 1931, Sergei Eisenstein travelled to Guanajuato in Mexico to shoot a film. Building on the huge success of his masterpiece Battleship Potemkin (1925), he had previously been invited to the United States but was ulti- mately rejected by Hollywood. These were ten days of passion, with the country and with his Mexican guide, reflected by Greenaway in what turns out to be the first episode of a trilogy dedicated to the Russian filmmaker. In fact, faced with the inspiring interpretation of the (Finnish) actor chosen to portray Eisenstein, the British director embarked on the development of two additional scenarios relating other stages of Eisenstein's history: his participa- tion in the 1st International Independent Film Congress which was held in 1929 in La Sarraz near Lausanne – an event which aimed to discuss the status of film, between entertainment and artistic form –, whereas the third part should be eloquently entitled Eisenstein in Hollywood... In order to reflect the work of a filmmaker who is as eminent as he is adulated, Greenaway resorts, once again, to a personal, adventurous and free cinematographical form.
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