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 worry. I'm a foreigner.

I'm a child abroad.

Russia's so big

that nobody thinks about abroad.

It's always too far away and well out of sight.


- We believe most of the time

that "abroad" does not really exist.

Does not really exist. Does not really exist.

I was earning money

from American publishers,

and I bought an old battered Ford car.

Mayakovsky had a Renault,

and we raced around Moscow

at 40 miles an hour with our windows down,

shouting, singing,

- and mooning.

- Oh!

He had a nice arse. My arse was way too fat.

He got his car impounded for moral turpitude.

Mayakovsky, that is, not his car.

His car was innocent.

Is this car, with Death in the driver's seat,

completely innocent?

No fat on his backside.

In 1927, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks

of Universal Pictures,

Charlie Chaplin's company,

saw Potemkin and invited me

to come to Hollywood

to make a film! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!


I met them all. All those Hollywood guys.

They all came to Moscow.

Would you believe it?

Joseph Schenck lost in Russia,

but he looked like a Russian smoothie.

All Jews look lost in Russia,

but there is never a better home for them.

He fast-smoked big cigars.

He was a caricature.

It was to make sure no one took him seriously

so he could take everyone else seriously

when they weren't looking.

I am a caricature. I don't smoke fast,

but I can talk fast, don't you think?

Joseph Schenck

came with a Hollywood contract

in his pocket, which was soon in my pocket.

And then my pockets were filled

with Hollywood happiness.

Felicidad Hollywoodus.


To get to Hollywood,

you must first pass through Europe,

and then you have to pass through America

because Hollywood is a separate country

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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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