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In ExcessSergei Eisenstein's Mexico$
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Masha Salazkina

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226734149

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226734163.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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In Excess
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226734163.003.0001

This chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about Sergei Eisenstein's unfinished film ¡Que Viva Mexico!. Though Eisenstein never lived to see any of his footage and never edited a single sequence from it, this film became the most famous of the many projects that Eisenstein never fully realized. This volume is conceived as an investigation into the way Eisenstein's texts, the body of the unfinished film with all the materials surrounding it including scripts, notes and letters. It also argues that Eisenstein's modernist/avant-garde theories and practices embody the same qualities and partake of the same cultures, despite the difference in their respective receptions.

Keywords:   Sergei Eisenstein, ¡Que Viva Mexico, scripts, modernist theories, avant-garde theories

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