[Marxism] Eisenstein versus Sinclair: H. W. L. Dana and “¡Que Viva México!” - Los Angeles Review of Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 8 06:30:18 MST 2018

IN THE SPRING of 1930 the experimental Russian filmmaker Sergei 
Eisenstein left Stalin’s Soviet Union for Hollywood, at the invitation 
of Paramount Pictures, with a stop on the East Coast, where he was fêted 
by the leading artists and leftists. When Eisenstein and Paramount 
failed to agree to terms, socialist novelist Upton Sinclair, armed with 
his wife’s enthusiasm and her checkbook, stepped forward to sponsor the 
production of Eisenstein’s ambitious Mexican-American project, ¡Que Viva 
México! The venture was a colossal disaster. It strained relationships 
within the leftist movement in the United States and reverberated at the 
highest levels of power in the Soviet Union.


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