Manifesto

Manifesto

DVD - 2017
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Cate Blanchett delivers a series of art and political manifestos as a variety of characters.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : FilmRise, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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jimg2000
Aug 26, 2018

Before you dive in this film, read the comments by Nursebob and darcerama because it is not for everyone, especially those with little interest in the 20th century art. For the curious, watch this one person performance by Cate Blanchett and to explore some more in the film’s Wikipedia page (see “Summary.” Those hypertext links, inside the left hand column of the table under “Plot,” lead to a treasure trove of information on topics such as Dadaism, Fluxus, Architecture, Vorticism, Abstract Expressionism …

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darcerama
Jun 10, 2018

This non-linear, seemingly experimental film may be a challenge for viewers who are as unfamiliar to the specific tenets of the philosophies of 20th century art movements as I am. While I appreciate what is being conveyed, I felt disconnected to its static presentation, and just couldn't settle into its pacing or patter.

Cate Blanchett, however, is her usual amazing self. If it had been just her in all these different roles without the overlay of the manifestos, I would have been enraptured. But that would have defeated the purpose of this piece!

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Nursebob
Apr 22, 2018

Originally presented as a multi-screen gallery installation, Julian Rosefeldt’s celebration of various schools of 20th century thought and artistic expression makes for an engaging cinematic experience with Cate Blanchett portraying no less than a baker’s dozen worth of personas, each reading from one particular group’s published manifesto. She’s a grieving widow haranguing a crowd of graveside mourners with the anti-everything ferocity of Dadaism. She’s a wholesome midwest housewife lowering her head over the dinner table and, in lieu of grace, delivering instead a longwinded paean on the comforting familiarity of Pop Art. Now she’s both a news anchor and a roving reporter exchanging banter on the precepts of Conceptual Art and Minimalism. And, my personal favourite, she’s a no-nonsense teacher drilling the virtues of Von Trier's Dogme 95 into the heads of her bewildered second grade students. Theatrical, volatile, glorious, and contradictory, Blanchett’s consummate acting skill and Rosefeldt’s keen eye for marrying ideology with the perfect image (a goth punk delivers a rant on Stridentism; a maddeningly pretentious CEO gushes over Abstract Expressionism) add up to a master class on the artistic and philosophical movements which have shaped western society. Well worth a second viewing.

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jimg2000
Aug 26, 2018

I'm writing a manifesto because I have nothing to say. I speak only of myself since I do not wish to convince. I have no right to drag others into my river. I oblige no one to follow me. And everyone practices his art in his own way, if he knows the joy that rises like arrows to the astral layers, or that other joy that goes down into the minds of corpse flowers and fertile spasms. Does anyone think he has found a psychic base common to all mankind? How can one expect to put order into the chaos that constitutes that infinite and shapeless variation... Man?

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jimg2000
Aug 26, 2018

Widow's address at the cemetery:

... We will put an end to mourning, and replace tears by sirens screeching
from one continent to another. Pavilions of intense joy and widowers with the sadness of poison. To lick the penumbra and float in the big mouth filled with honey and excrement. I spread demoralization wherever I go, and cast my hand from heaven to hell, my eyes from hell to heaven. One dies as a hero or as an idiot, which is the same thing. The only word that is not ephemeral is the word death. You probably enjoy life, but you've got some bad habits. You're too fond of what you've been taught to be fond of. Cemeteries, melancholy, the tragic lover, Venetian gondolas. You shout at the moon. If you weren't so cowardly, sinking under the weight of all those lofty thoughts or non-existent abstractions you've been forced into, all that nonsense dressed up as dogman, you'd stand up straight and play the massacre game, just like we do. But you're too scared ...

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jimg2000
Aug 26, 2018

Plot shown in wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifesto_(2015_film)

The film integrates various types of artist manifestos from different time periods with contemporary scenarios. Manifestos are depicted by 13 different characters, among them a school teacher, factory worker, choreographer, punk, newsreader, scientist, puppeteer, widow, and a homeless man.

The film consists of 13 segments, each 10:30 minutes long. In each, a character recites parts of manifestos of various political or artistic movements.

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