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Que Viva México! Film screening with live music by Sones de México

April 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm


Director Sergei Eisenstein’s restored silent film masterpiece “¡Qué viva México!” with live musical accompaniment by Sones de México Ensemble.

On a 1927 visit to the Soviet Union to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Diego Rivera met Sergei Eisenstein, a giant of early film making and the director of the groundbreaking silent film “The Battleship Potemkin”. Rivera was impressed by Eisenstein’s work and told him so. In turn, Eisenstein was fascinated by Rivera’s accounts of Mexican artistic heritage, describing the wonders of Ancient Aztec and Mayan art and architecture.

In 1930, Eisenstein traveled to Mexico to begin work on a comprehensive, 4-part story of Mexican history through the lens of both the Russian & Mexican revolutions. Eisenstein shot over 30 hours of film, but never completed the movie.

Various short films were made using the existing footage, but a serious attempt at a restoration honoring Eisenstein’s intent didn’t arrive until 1979 when director Grigori Alexandrov released “¡Qué viva México!”

Sones de México will create and perform a live musical score of traditional Mexican music to accompany a rare screening of this silent film. Projected English subtitles will be translated into Spanish by a live narrator.

This landmark event is FREE and open to the public. Please note that this film contains brief nudity and some scenes of violence, and may not be appropriate for young children.

This special event is part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Event’s Lake FX Summit + Expo and co-presented by the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest). More information is at


April 18, 2015
7:00 pm
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National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago , IL United States

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