Lent: Part 11

Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015) – I am so used to biopics about artists that focus heavily on their art that it is disorienting to see a two-hour movie about a filmmaker that neither pays much homage to his style nor even shows more than a scene or two where actual filming is happening. I guess you could say it’s more about Sergei Eisenstein the man than about Sergei Eisenstein the filmmaker.

The performances vary wildly from Elmer Bäck’s spastic, enthusiastic Eisenstein to a much more subdued Luis Alberti as his guide. Incidental characters here and there are similarly varied. By the way, with as much screen time as Bäck and Alberti take, everyone else is incidental, so be prepared to see a lot of those two.

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