Film: 8902

Religion | 1920 | Silent | B/W

Synopsis:

An episode "Conquest" from Sergei Eisenstein's never completed film "Que Viva Mexico" 1920's

portraying Mexico and religious devotion, the Stations of the Cross, penitents, pilgrims climbing stone paths on their knees, and Spanish and Catholic traditions mixing with native Indian customs.

00:00:00 Opening credits.

00:00:38 Several sequences of a large group of male religious pilgrims of Mexican descent wearing white cotton clothing crawling or walking on their hands and knees in two lines up an incline towards the camera, carrying various personal goods including straw hats (sombreros), shoulder bags, water gourds, and sleeping mats, along with several men with large wooden beams tied at their backs walk on foot towards the camera.

00:03:48 Several sequences of male religious pilgrims crawling up a dirt incline moving away from the camera, carrying various personal goods including straw hats (sombreros), shoulder bags, water gourds, and sleeping mats, to the left of a stone and plastered wall, along with several men with large wooden beams tied at their backs walking on foot.

00:05:40 Several sequences of a large group of male religious pilgrims of Mexican descent wearing white cotton clothing crawling or walking on their hands and knees in two lines up an incline towards the camera, carrying various personal goods including straw hats (sombreros), shoulder bags, water gourds, and sleeping mats, along with several men with large wooden beams tied at their backs walk on foot towards the camera.

00:06:29 Several sequences of male religious pilgrims crawling up a dirt incline moving away from the camera, carrying various personal goods including straw hats (sombreros), shoulder bags, water gourds, and sleeping mats, to the left of a stone and plastered wall, along with several men with large wooden beams tied at their backs walking on foot.

00:07:04 Overhead view of a large group of male religious pilgrims of Mexican descent wearing white cotton clothing crawling or walking on their hands and knees in two lines up an incline towards and away from the camera, carrying various personal goods including straw hats (sombreros), shoulder bags, water gourds, and sleeping mats, along with several men with large wooden beams tied at their backs walk on foot towards the camera.

00:09:27 Sequences of a large crowd of male religious pilgrims of Mexican descent wearing white cotton clothing crawl or make their way up stone steps between two iron gates towards a church on their hands and knees, moving in one large mass towards an arched entryway, followed by a bare-chested man carrying a large wooden beam tied by a rope to his back, a small group of religious pilgrims, and two men each carrying a large wooden beam on their backs. Close view of two bare-chested men with pillars on their backs walking away from the camera. A large Spanish-style church or mission in the background, pilgrims in the foreground walk on their hands and knees away from the camera towards the mission through large adobe archways, followed by a man carrying a large wooden beam tied by a rope to his back and wearing a sugar sack tied around his waist ('Azucar').

00:10:40 Close up of a man carrying wooden beams on his bare back walking away from the camera towards a Spanish mission in the background followed by male religious pilgrims on their hands and knees, and subsequently two men bearing wooden beams on their backs. Close up of religious pilgrims crawling on their hands and knees up three rocky steps, followed by three men bearing wooden beams on their bare backs. Devout male religious pilgrims painstakingly move on their hands and knees in a single line down a dirt road moving away from the camera with trees and bushes on either side of the dirt path, followed by three men bearing wooden beams on their bare backs.

00:12:36 Devout male religious pilgrims painstakingly move on their hands and knees up stone steps moving away from foreground to the background with their backs to the camera, several of the young men throw rocks or sticks at the devotees ahead of them.

00:13:14 Several sequences of men each bare-chested and bearing a large wooden post on his back, rope, and a headscarf walking one after another towards the camera amidst a stone church scene with two crosses visible, potentially on the roof of a church or mission. Several shots of a close up of a bare-chested man of Mexican descent, bearing a large wooden post on his back, along with a rope and a headscarf, stands facing the camera with church crosses and stone wall in the background, the scarf partially covers his face as he turns around in a circle for the camera, exiting the scene at right followed by two identical men carrying wooden posts on their backs.


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