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Eisenstein (2002)

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A 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
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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 wide
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Studio:
Amérique Film

Cast

Simon McBurney
as Sergei Eisenstein
Jonathan Hyde
as Meyerhold
Barnaby Kay
as Andrei
Bernard Hill
as Stalin
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Critic Reviews for Eisenstein

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

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.

August 22, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Fudges fact and fancy with such confidence that we feel as if we're seeing something purer than the real thing.

January 2, 2002
Newsday
Top Critic

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.

January 2, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Fueled by Mr. McBurney's incandescent performance, it is a portrait of the artist as political and spiritual renegade.

January 2, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

January 2, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 29, 2002
Film Journal International

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