Eisenstein's <i>¡Que Viva México!</i> “Prologue,” Prehistory, Anthropological and Nationalist Discourses

in In Excess

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226734149
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226734163 | DOI:
Eisenstein's ¡Que Viva México! “Prologue,” Prehistory, Anthropological and Nationalist Discourses

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This chapter places Sergei Eisenstein's images in relation to the anthropological discourse on Mexican postrevolutionary state ideology. It focuses on Jose Vasconcelos, Roberto Montenegro and Adolfo Best Maugard as some of its key ideologues. It looks at the representation of the indigenous in ¡Que Viva Mexico! pointing out ways in which it was linked to the Mexican muralist project and explores Eisenstein's visual and narrative synthesis of pre-Columbian culture in its inherent claim to permanence with the ultramodern and the iconoclastic revolutionary impulse.

Keywords: anthropological discourse; Jose Vasconcelos; Roberto Montenegro; Adolfo Best Maugard; ¡Que Viva Mexico; narrative synthesis; pre-Columbian culture; revolutionary impulse

Chapter.  12036 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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