restricted access Manifesto on “Que Viva Mexico” (USA, 1933)

The following manifesto emerged from the controversy surrounding the tumultuous end of filming of Eisenstein’s Que viva Mexico, which he made at the end of his Hollywood sojourn after the debacle of trying to work for Jesse L. Lasky at Paramount studios in the early 1930s. Many on the filmmaking left believed that Eisenstein was betrayed by writer and political activist Upton Sinclair, allowing Eisenstein’s work to be edited by someone else in order to try and recoup the expenditures on the film. The closest to an integral version of the film that follows Eisenstein’s notes for the film’s montage is Grigori Alexandrov’s cut of the film, released in 1979.