Que Viva Mexico

Que Viva Mexico

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Director: Grigory Alexandrov, Sergei Eisenstein

Cast: Eduard K. Tissé

     
 

Sergei Eisenstein's 1932 documentary Qué Viva México comes to DVD in a restored version from Kino Video with a standard full-frame transfer in the original black-and-white. The Russian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo sound with optional English subtitles. Special features include the rare 20-minute short films Romance SentimentaleSee more details below

Overview

Sergei Eisenstein's 1932 documentary Qué Viva México comes to DVD in a restored version from Kino Video with a standard full-frame transfer in the original black-and-white. The Russian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo sound with optional English subtitles. Special features include the rare 20-minute short films Romance Sentimentale and Misery and Fortune of Woman. Also included is "Qué Viva Clippings," a sampling of texts about the film.After the dissolution of his project based on the Theodore Dreiser novel An American Tragedy and nearing the conclusion of his failed sojourn in Hollywood, legendary Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein secured financing for this documentary about Mexico from avowed Socialist Upton Sinclair. Eisenstein and his cinematographer Eduard Tisse shot the film in 1931 and '32, intending to divide the narrative into four novels or segments called "Sandunga," "Fiesta," "Maguey," and "Soldadera." After completing filming, Eisenstein sent his footage to Hollywood for processing but political and economic intrigues prevented him from ever editing the material. Intended to be an episodic study of Mexico's durable ethnography and symbols against the backdrop of its colonial history from the ancient Mayans to the 1910 revolution, Que Viva Mexico was instead tragically chopped into pieces and used in a variety of other films, mostly documentary shorts. In 1979, this version of the film was reconstructed by Eisenstein's assistant director, Grigory Alexandrov, from his former mentor's notes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
UPC:
0738329020224
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
51,692

Special Features

"Romance Sentimentale," Sergei Eisenstein's first sound film; "Misery and Fortune of Woman," a 20-minute excerpt; "Que Viva" clippings, a sampling of texts pertaining to the production and release of "Qué Viva México"

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Opening Titles [5:11]
2. Prologue [4:11]
3. The Sandunga [16:32]
4. Fiesta [7:08]
5. The Bullfight [12:17]
6. Maguey [33:32]
7. Soldadera [1:57]
8. Epilogue [6:49]

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