Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016)
Critic Consensus: Eisenstein in Guanajuato is certainly bold, but its provocations aren't always enough to overcome a lack of depth and clear narrative purpose.
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as Sergei Eisenstein
as Palomino Cañedo
as Mary Sinclair
as Concepción Cañedo
as Hunter S. Kimbrough
as Rasmus Slätis
as Eduard Tisse
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To be sure, Greenaway's sensibilities may not be for everyone, but in the years to come, this is an artist whose work will be studied. It's a pleasure seeing him come out to play.
Greenaway's madcap style involves quick cuts, scenes changing from black and white to color, split-screen effects and eye-popping visuals that tend to overwhelm. The effect is initially giddy but it ultimately wears the viewer down.
Fans of Greenaway's work - a mix of the brainy, the controversial and the grotesque - won't necessarily be surprised by any of this. They may, however, be disappointed at how little of it actually works.
This interpretation may not be strictly factual, but it's a persuasive narrative and it brings out the strongest instincts in Greenaway, whose most popular movie remains "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover."
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It may not be easy for some to tolerate Greenaway's stylistic excesses and kitschy depiction of Eisenstein, but once you get used to all that, you will find an eccentric biopic that could have only come from him and is lifted by a committed central performance by Elmer Bäck.
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