Come to find out Eisenstein set out to make a film in Mexico in 1932, during the depths of the Depression, bankrolled by the American author Upton Sinclair.
A mountain of reels were shot and Eisenstein expected that they would be shipped to him in the U.S.S.R. for editing. The Soviet government prevented their delivery, and the film was never finished.
But the footage -- most all of it quite stunning, if misguided in its portrayal of the modern Maya -- was cobbled together by another hand and has been posted in nine parts to YouTube by Documentales Mexico »
Update: The cameraman on ¡Que viva México! was Manuel Alvarez Bravo »