Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Peter Greenaway
Production: Submarine
  2 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Do I tip him heavily

to cover up my bourgeois guilt?


If you tip him, news of your generosity

will be around the town in five minutes.

And your shoes will never be yours again.

They will be a host to fortune.

You have come here for something

other than shiny shoes.

What are you looking for?

I came to Mexico to make a movie.

I came to Mexico

because my very first

theatre production in Moscow

was called The Mexican.

I came to Mexico because

you had a successful revolution

five years before we did.

I came to Guanajuato

because you have here

a Museum Of The Dead.

Maybe I have to make a film

called Museum Of The Living.

Those are my excuses.

What are your excuses?

I live here. I have a family here.

I teach in Mexico City, and I teach here.

And what do you teach?

I studied as an anthropologist.

And now I teach comparative religion.

This is a Roman Catholic country.

How come you are allowed

to talk about other religions?


Roman Catholicism of Mxico

is generous and all-embracing.


A bit of everything. Old and new.

They just take what they need.

So much so, we should call it

Mexican Catholicism.

They customised it.

We have pre-Columbian equivalents

for everything

the Roman Catholics dreamed up.

Certainly, we invented

blood sacrifices before you did.

Christianity adopted us.

We did not adopt Christianity.


It's Gideon. His name is Gideon.

He was born blind.

And the bells have made him deaf.

There is a problem.

They have been searching

through your books

and found pornography.

Are you a pornographer?

I didn't think so up till now.

One of the hotel maids arranging your books

has taken some photographs,

but she is underage.

Her mother found the photographs

and complained to the hotel.

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Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway, CBE (born 5 April 1942 in Newport, Wales) is a British film director, screenwriter, and artist. His films are noted for the distinct influence of Renaissance and Baroque painting, and Flemish painting in particular. Common traits in his film are the scenic composition and illumination and the contrasts of costume and nudity, nature and architecture, furniture and people, sexual pleasure and painful death. more…

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