DVD 85 mins IMDB
NR (Not Rated)
¡Que viva Mexico!
Kino Video (1932)
In Collection
#396

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Soviet Union - USA - Mexico  /  Russian

Félix Balderas Sebastian's brother
Sara García Hacendado's daughter
Martín Hernández Sebastian
David Liceága Matador
Julio Saldívar Hacendado
Isabel Villaseñor Maria
Baronito Picador
Arcady Boytler Extra
Concepcion Girl Paddling in a Boat
Raúl de Anda Jinete
Mara Griy
Sergei Bondarchuk
Grigori Aleksandrov

Director Grigori Aleksandrov; Sergei M. Eisenstein
Producer Kate Crane Gartz; S. Hillkowitz
Writer Grigori Aleksandrov

Hollywood's loss was Mexico's gain, as this glorious documentary will attest. Having failed to realize several projects in Hollywood, Russian film pioneer Sergei Eisenstein trekked to Mexico with producer Grigory Alexandrov and cameraman Eduard Tisse, and the famous writer Upton Sinclair as beneficiary. Their budget quickly ran out, and the film was never properly completed, but Alexandrov carefully assembled this version of Que Viva Mexico! in 1979, and the result is one of the most beautiful documentaries ever made. Although it was later criticized for presenting a fantasized view of Mexican culture, this remains a stunning example of Eisenstein's ability to meld people, politics, and ritual into a richly cinematic experience. Celebratory, socially alert, and at times even surreal, the film displays all of Eisenstein's revolutionary techniques while proving that his narrative style could have flourished in Hollywood. Instead, this marvelous film stands as a testament to what might have been. --Jeff Shannon

Edition Details
Distributor Kino Video
Edition Da zdravstvuet Meksika
Barcode 738329020224
Region 0
Release Date 4/3/2001
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Purchase Price $29.95
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