SERGEI EISENSTEIN'S MEXICAN FOOTAGE

by Grigory ALEXANDROV & Sergueï Mikhaïlovitch EISENSTEIN & Edward TISSÉ
1931 / 35mm / b&w / silent / 1S / 10' 15

excerpt original camera rolls: Dance of the Heads, Day of the Dead

“Eisenstein’s ill-fated trip to Hollywood and Mexico influenced many Americans approach to avant-garde cinema. Of all the beautiful images captured by Eisenstein in Mexico, some of the most fascinating involve dance. The first shots portray dancers in ecstasy; the Day of the Dead images shows human and machine movements.” —Bruce Posner

“Eisenstein intended to make a film symphony, a film serape or Diego Rivera Mural of the seventh art. ‘I wanted to show a timeless Mexico where the past was merged with the present'; but the shooting stopped abruptly because the funding was cut, and although they promised to send the material, never received it and he died without being able to conclude with his own hands one of his great works.” —Oswaldo Betancourt 

Courtesy:
Gosfilmofond of Russia
Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1893-1941

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distribution format Digital file on server
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound silent
rental fee 33,00 €