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

Don't leave them lying around

for innocent chambermaids

to steal and show to their mams, hmm?

But they are paintings.

Mexican mothers

protecting their innocent daughters.

We countered by accusing the maid

of stealing from guests.

Is thievery worse than voyeurism?

She should not be sacked for curiosity.

You must get her reinstated.


She's in the bar

with her mother and her father.

- You could tell her yourself.

- No, you tell her.

And tell her mother

her daughter's forgiven for stealing,

and from now on, she's the only one

to bring me my breakfast in bed

in the morning.




The manager says it's a good job

she didn't take a look

in your red suitcase.

Oh? What's in the red suitcase?

Enough to have you thrown in jail.

And how did the manager

know what was in the red suitcase?

After the complaint, he searched everything.

God, he has no right to do that.

That's invasion of privacy!

Shh. Look, he's winking at you.

Curiously, it's a mark in your favour.

But if you offend him,

he could use it against you.

Tread carefully.


The Camorristas.

They are looking for

wealthy foreigners to prey on.

They wait outside all the big hotels.

And you are giving them

good reason to prey on you.

That's why you have bodyguards.

These are the small-time guys.

We don't worry so much about them.

They are posing as tough guys,

but they are lazy.

The big guys are much tougher.

And the real big guys, you'll never see.

That's why you should try

and stop attracting attention.

Don't get yourself photographed

and in the newspapers.

If they smell a ransom possibility,

they will be in and kidnap you.

How much do you think you are worth?

Not much.

What will your government pay

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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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