In his dazzling and giddy glitter-bomb of a film, the always inventive British-born director, Peter Greenaway (THE COOK, THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER) imagines what might have happened to the great Soviet filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein during a pivotal period of artistic and sexual awakening while sojourning in Mexico to shoot a film he nearly couldn’t finish.
In 1931, the Great Russian filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein (Finnish actor, Elmer Bäck ina bravura comic performance) drove from California to Mexico in order to make a film privately funded by the likes of Upton Sinclair and Joseph Stalin. What occurred over the next week and a half is nothing any film student reads about while studying the Odessa steps scene in Battleship Potemkin. Eisenstein immediately developed a strong fascination with the country, as well as with the handsome Palomino Cañedo (suave Luis Alberti), a tour guide assigned to show him around his new environment. EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO illustrates the eccentric director’s personal, sexual awakening and symbolic rebirth over 10 days in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Peter Greenaway stylishly combines black-and-white and color, new and archival footage, slapstick comedy, and jaw-droppingly beautiful baroque sets in this peculiar biopic of one of cinema’s earliest auteurs.