Director Greenaway and actors Alberti, right, and Elmer Back, left, in Berlin. (Reuters/Stefanie Loos)
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Britain's Peter Greenaway made a splash Wednesday with his lushly shot, sexually graphic new movie "Eisenstein in Guanajuato," faring better than several fellow heavyweights at the 65th Berlin Film Festival.Greenaway, 72, basked in reporters' applause at a news conference after a well-received media preview of the film, one of 19 contenders for the festival's prestigious Golden Bear, to be awarded Saturday. Greenaway's movie tells the little-known story of renowned Soviet-era filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein who, after becoming an international star with "Battleship Potemkin," leaves Hollywood for a Mexican town in 1931 to make a new film.The first love scene with Palomino, portrayed as Eisenstein's intellectual equal, leaves little to the imagination, showing the Mexican lover debating the point of life and love with the director while thrusting into him.Greenaway said the flow of film funding to superhero blockbusters and the sharp decline in cinema-going as viewers watch movies alone on small devices, were taking a heavy toll.
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