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

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We left Moscow just as

the ceiling was falling in.

Pasternak and Mayakovsky

were forbidden to leave.

Passports forbidden.

Trotsky was deported to Turkey.

Poets, painters, and publishers

were sacked, spitted,

sat upon, and spat upon.

We felt the flames up our bums,

red-hot pokers up our asses

as we fled to America.

It scorched us out of Russia.

And I had Joey Schenck's invite

in my back trouser pocket,

- resting against my right buttock.


An invite to Hollywood.


Excuse me, sir,

I see you are being protected

by grandmothers.



And then came the bad news.

Keep out the Red Peril!

These Russians will rape

and abuse our American children!

The biggest shark in the shark tank

was an American Senator, Hamilton Fish,

Redneck Extraordinaire.

And behind sharkman Senator Fish

was the riot-master Major Frank Pease.

The bad meat-man in Battleship Potemkin.

I could well have been accused

of sacrilege, insulting God.

I was the "Roosian" Eisenstein,

the Messenger from Hell.

And they won.

Paramount Pictures

could not afford the bad publicity.

Paramount Pictures pictured me

with everyone American

American they could find

to bolster me up,

to keep my image squeaky clean.

I shook hands with Walt Disney,

the greatest and only true filmmaker

who starts from an absolutely clean slate.

Oh, and I met his apprentice-assistant

and protg, Mickey Mouse

and I rubbed wet noses with Rin Tin Tin.

But in the end...

They could not afford to hold out.

They gave in. They caved in.

They were getting jumpy and jittery.

Said it was the Depression.

Said they had to weather the storm.

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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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