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

to keep you alive?


Just trust that we are looking

after you properly.

But maybe you are a Camorrista?

If I am, then you are lost.


You ought to make a film about them.

The corpse at the door is wearing a red shirt,

as you can see.

Even among the dead,

the Camorristas have influence.

Ransoming a corpse

is not uncommon in Mxico.






Do you only have one suit?

Well, I left Moscow with only $25.

Russia has very little foreign currency,

and that was all they could afford to give us.

I get paid expenses here in Mexico.

Or I get paid expenses,

and I have to share with Tisse and Grisha.

That suit is taking some punishment.

You should buy yourself another.

It's my first American suit.

I bought it to walk down Sunset Boulevard

with Charlie Chaplin.

It's a sentimental matter.

I could not part with it.

This is my wife, Concepcin.

- This is Rolando.

- Good evening, sir.

Good evening.

The eldest was born

when I was studying troubadours

and the second, Pascal,

when I reluctantly gave up God.

Now I don't believe in God, but I miss him,

as did Pascal.

I'm sorry. I have no Russian buttons.

But these are curious. What are they made of?

Ah. Gunmetal.

They are stamped out

of discarded cartridge cases,

pierced with two holes

and glued to a piece of army blanket,

which usually very quickly becomes unglued.


A Russian soldier is told

never to let his shoes out of his sight,

if not out of his hand.

Better still, always keep them on your feet.

Shoes are the most precious item of clothing.

Won't help your modesty,

scarcely keep you warm,

but you will simply not be able

to function without shoes

in any way at all.

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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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