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Eisenstein (2002)

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A biographical drama about the life of great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein), Eisenstein stars Simon McBurney as its eponymous protagonist. Beginning in 1922, when the young Eisenstein, a former Red Army engineer, became the protégé of avant-garde theatre director Meyerhold (Jonathan Hyde), the film covers Eisenstein's life, work, and political struggles through three decades, set in such disparate locales as the Ukraine and Mexico. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

Cast

Simon McBurney
as Sergei Eisenstein
Jonathan Hyde
as Meyerhold
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Critic Reviews for Eisenstein

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

If you're content with a clever pseudo-bio that manages to have a good time as it doles out pieces of the famous director's life, Eisenstein delivers.

August 22, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

Fudges fact and fancy with such confidence that we feel as if we're seeing something purer than the real thing.

January 2, 2002
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Best enjoyed as a work of fiction inspired by real-life events. Those seeking a definitive account of Eisenstein's life would do better elsewhere.

January 2, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

Fueled by Mr. McBurney's incandescent performance, it is a portrait of the artist as political and spiritual renegade.

January 2, 2002

Bartlett's hero remains a reactive cipher, when opening the man's head and heart is the only imaginable reason for the film to be made.

January 2, 2002

Eisenstein lacks considerable brio for a film about one of cinema's directorial giants.

December 21, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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