Lent: Part 12

¡Que viva Mexico! (Да здравствует Мексика! – 1932/1979) – The version we saw, completed well after the fact, was an interesting movie. Assuming it followed Eisenstein’s original intent, it’s an early example of what we now know as the western movie archetype. A lowly peasant man seeks revenge on the wealthy tyrants who left him for dead and violated his woman. And then there’s a lot of really heavy socialist symbolism piled on top of that, as one would expect from the director of Battleship Potemkin. I’m not usually a fan of the slow pacing of the silent film era, but Eisenstein really knew how to keep it moving and keep an interest and purpose in each shot.

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