Movie InfoA biographical drama about the life of great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein), Eisenstein stars Simon McBurney as its eponymous protagonist. Beginning in 1922, when the young Eisenstein, a former Red Army engineer, became the protégé of avant-garde theatre director Meyerhold (Jonathan Hyde), the film covers Eisenstein's life, work, and political struggles through three decades, set in such disparate locales as the Ukraine and Mexico. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for Eisenstein
If you're content with a clever pseudo-bio that manages to have a good time as it doles out pieces of the famous director's life, Eisenstein delivers.
Fudges fact and fancy with such confidence that we feel as if we're seeing something purer than the real thing.
Best enjoyed as a work of fiction inspired by real-life events. Those seeking a definitive account of Eisenstein's life would do better elsewhere.
Bartlett's hero remains a reactive cipher, when opening the man's head and heart is the only imaginable reason for the film to be made.
Fueled by Mr. McBurney's incandescent performance, it is a portrait of the artist as political and spiritual renegade.
It's often infuriatingly glib and posturing, and yet it has been made with great evident care and manages to deliver up the man in a way to arouse further curiosity in even the most unknowing viewer.
It may not be entirely reliable in historical terms, but it offers an intriguing impression of the man, his art and his times.
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