Eisenstein in Guanajuato
The venerated filmmaker Eisenstein travelled to Mexico in 1931 to consider a film privately funded by American pro-Communist sympathizers, headed by the American writer Upton Sinclair. Eisenstein intends spending just a few days in the beautiful 18th century silver mining town Guanajuato, to see the celebrated Museum of the Dead, with a view to filming it. Aware of antagonisms towards him in an ever-growing Stalinesque Soviet Russia, homesick and lonely, he is confronted with new ways of mythological thinking - far removed from European traditions. He discovers early 20th century ideas around the myth of the noble savage, the myth of the innocent life, and the raw realities of sex and death. He is deeply shaken by what he finds. Against this backdrop, Eisenstein falls in love. He spend 10 sensuous days - marked off days, numbered days, one by one - in the city. An experience that changed him, that appears to have been pivotal in his life and film career.