Que Viva Mexico!
(Da zdravstvuet Meksika!)
(Thunder over Mexico)
Anne Nesbet is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and film and media at UC Berkeley.
Que Viva Mexico! also screens on March 24 as part of the series Sergei Eisenstein: Films That Shook the World.
In 1931, Eisenstein shot some fifty hours of film in Mexico, intended for a six-part episodic epic combining documentary and fiction to portray Mexican history and culture from the pre-Columbian era to the current day. Lack of funds, problems with backers (including novelist Upton Sinclair), and a denied visa sent Eisenstein back to Russia, the project unfinished. The version we present here was edited by Eisenstein’s frequent collaborator Grigori Alexandrov based on Eisenstein’s original conception; filled with memorable images, it is the closest thing to a “definitive” Que Viva Mexico! that exists today.
- Sergei Eisenstein
- Eduard Tissé
- with English e-titling
- 90 mins
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View Que viva Mexico! documents
Que viva Mexico (program note), Pasadena Filmforum, 1983
Sergei Eisenstein (article), American Film Institute, 1981
Eisenstein's enchilada (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1980
In a lean year, Soviets dust off Eisenstein epic for fest circuit (article), Variety, 1979
Reviews from Moscow film festival (review), Variety, Gene Moskowitz, 1979
Sergiusz Eisenstein - artysta i mysliciel (booklet), Filmoteka Polska, 1979
S.M. Eisenstein (booklet), Premier Plan, 1962
Famous foreign films: Thunder over Mexico (program note), Roosevelt University Film Society, Ed Hoff, 1957
Eisenstein's images and Mexican art (article), Sight and Sound, Marie Seton, 1953
Eisenstein film new feature on Europa's screen (article), Philadelphia Evening Ledger, Henry T. Murdock, 1933
Displaying 10 of 18 publicly available documents.
Sergei Eisenstein, USSR, 1936
Based in part on a short story by Turgenev, in part on a true story of one Pavel Morozov, Soviet boy-hero, Bezhin Meadow was to be an exuberant tale of the clash between peasant farmers of the Czarist era and the youthful supporters of the emerging collectivist movement. Its production halted by official opprobrium and Eisenstein’s illness, the rushes destroyed during World War II, the film exists today only in this photomontage outline reconstructed by Naum Kleiman.
- with live English translation
- 35 mins