Sergei Eisenstein. ¡Que viva Mexico!. 1930–1932

Sergei Eisenstein ¡Que viva Mexico! 1930–1932

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This unfinished film by Eisenstein, was intended to portray the epic sweep of Mexican cultural and political history. When the 1930–32 shoot went over-budget, production was halted, and the producers refashioned the footage against Eisenstein’s wishes and released it in several versions. Jay Leyda, a MoMA film curator who had studied with the Russian filmmaker celebrated for his achievements with montage, later assembled almost four hours of unused footage into a study film meant to convey Eisenstein’s intentions, from which these excerpts were drawn.

Gallery label from Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern, March 17 – June 15, 2019.
35mm film (black and white, silent)
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