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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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(p.54) 2 “Sandunga”
In Excess
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores links between the representation of women and the primitive (or the indigenous) in the “Sandunga” episode of Sergei Eisenstein's film ¡Que Viva Mexico!. It explains that this episode reflects the dual function of woman as the figure for the essential and natural, but at the same time a force that is subversive to the masculine symbolic economy. The chapter also traces particular images of women in “Sandunga” to their representations in other artists' work, such as Tina Modotti's photography and Diego Rivera's murals.

Keywords:   women, the primitive, Sandunga, masculine symbolic economy, Tina Modotti, Diego Rivera

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