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directed by Peter Greenaway
Netherlands/Belgium/Finland/Mexico/France 2015

 

Typically sumptuous in mise-en-scene, photography, and sound for a Peter Greenaway (THE PILLOW BOOK) film, EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO nevertheless feels like a greatest hits compilation of imagery and montage techniques (further refined by advancements in digital editing and compositing); in a sense, this is appropriate, since it has taken so long for Greenaway to apply his evolving style to a tribute to Eisenstein's technique of montage on his three great silent works STRIKE, BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, and OCTOBER. Eisenstein's cinematic recreation of the Russian Revolution was known stateside as TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD, and Greenaway posits Eisenstein's own short stay in Guanajuato, Mexico - another Russian revolution of a sort - as "Ten Days that Shook Eisenstein." Having been rejected by Hollywood amidst the Red Scare and his Universal contract cancelled, Eisenstein traveled to Mexico - accompanied by cinematographer Eduard Tisse (Jakob Öhrman) and actor/co-director Grisha Alexandrov (Rasmus Slätis) - to independently produce the film ¡Que viva México! with the backing of writer Upton Sinclair. Having shot over two hundred and fifty miles of film over eight months without the opportunity to view the rushes, Eisenstein is pushed to finish the film by his name-dropping Southern Belle wife Mary (Lisa Owen, THE AMAZING CATFISH) and mismanaged by her shifty brother Hunter (Stelio Savante, A BEAUTIFUL MIND) and urged to return to Russia by Stalin. Sexually inexperienced and attracted to his guide, anthropologist/comparative religion teacher Palomino Cañedo (Luis Alberti), Eisenstein is confronted by the city's dual stimulations of Eros and Thanatos (sex and death); only one of which Eisenstein is at ease simulating on film while the other troubles him both onscreen and off. During his ten day stay in Guanajuato, Eisenstein celebrates the fourteenth anniversary of the Russian Revolution and introduces himself both to sex and death in time for the Day of the Dead.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 18 June 2015 (Netherlands)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

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Strand Releasing

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:45:48
Video

2.34:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.69 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English (for Spanish), English SDH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.34:1

Edition Details:
� Interview with actors Elmer Beck and Luis Alberti (16:9; 25:43)
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:43)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: May 10th, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

 

 

Comments

While Strand did not elect to do a Blu-ray release of this Peter Greenaway film, their dual-layer DVD sports a high bitrate dual-layer, progressive, anamorphic encode of this sumptuous digitally-lensed film. The English/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 track is accompanied by an English subtitle track for the Spanish sections and an SDH track that transcribes all of the English dialogue and translates the Spanish. The sole relevant extra is an interview with stars Beck and Alberti who discuss their respective theatrical training, their differing research into the characters, and working with Greenaway. The extras are rounded out by a theatrical trailer for the film and previews for four other Strand releases.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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