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The Films of Sergei M. Eisenstein

Thursday, February 15, 1979
5:00 p.m. Eisenstein's Mexican Film: Episodes for Study (Part One)
S. M. Eisenstein (1930-31)

In 1930, Eisenstein, Alexandrov and Tisse began their ambitious Mexican film, with financing collected by the Upton Sinclairs. A year later the backers halted the project before filming was completed. Since then, parts of the filmed footage have been released, but not in the form intended by its makers. The aim of the present film is instructional - to summarize Eisenstein’s film plan and to restore a few fragmentary sequences as they came from Tisse’s camera, without attempting to convey the final form this footage would have taken. The film includes material from the prologue and from the three novellas on which shooting was completed: “Sandunga,” “Fiesta” and “Maguey.”

• Compiled and Annotated by Jay Leyda. (1930-31, 126 mins, Print Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art)