Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Film, Comedy
2 out of 5 stars
Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

Peter Greenaway continues to provoke debate with this busy farce about the great Russian filmmaker

His purple patch may have come and gone two decades ago, but Peter Greenaway, the British director of ‘Prospero’s Books’, clearly feels he still has something to say. Exactly what that might be remains unclear after watching ‘Eisenstein in Guanajuato’, a messy, hectic, fitfully amusing film-nerd farce loosely inspired by the great Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein’s adventures in Mexico in the 1930s.

As Eisenstein, Finnish actor Elmer Bäck certainly looks the part, and there’s no faulting his enthusiasm as he boogies naked around his hotel room, addresses monologues to his penis and belatedly (and noisily) loses his virginity to local smoothie Palomino (Luis Alberti). But none of this ever seems to add up to much. The script and the performances are so wacky, and Greenaway’s jump-cutting, split-screening, colour-shifting directorial style so hyperactive, that patience runs out well before half time. The result is a film that was probably a lot more fun to make than it is to watch.


Release details

Release date:
Friday April 15 2016
105 mins

Cast and crew

Peter Greenaway
Peter Greenaway
Elmer Bäck
Luis Alberti
Maya Zapata
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