"Manifesto" pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artistic manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today. Performing these 'new manifestos' as a contemporary call to action while inhabiting thirteen different personas, Academy Award winner-Cate Blanchett imbues new dramatic life into both famous and lesser-known words in unexpected contexts.
I had feared that Manifesto would never be available in DVD/Blu-Ray form. Thank you, Amazon. I must agree that this film will not appeal to a large audience; nevertheless, I added it with satisfaction to my Cate Blanchett collection. Being among the "bourgeois", I found the recitation of these self-absorbed manifestos, however historic or significant, to be a drudge. Nevertheless, it was deliciously delivered. The settings were fascinating and the design concepts first rate. Cate Blanchett's acting is brilliant and makes the film, particularly if one was looking for any delights. I doubt that any other actor could have carried off these divergent characters with such power and finesse. She deserves multiple accolades for her incredible skill manifested in Manifesto, not to mention that she gave life to these thirteen individuals in a filming period of only about two weeks. As an art installation, Manifesto should be judged on that level, if you will. When it was modified for commercial film, judgment must adjust accordingly. Keep your eyes on Ms. Blanchett, and, although, you won't come away with a head full of emotion, you will or should know that you have seen something impressive indeed.
An video art installation transformed into a movie. This is not a narrative feature and not for everyone. It is outstanding film and acting work.
Julian Rosefeldt selected 20th century art manifestos that are recited/enacted by Cate Blanchett, who is exceptional and gives a master actor workshop though 13 separate performances in 12 vignettes. The vignettes do not necessarily represent the content and meaning of each manifesto and can be somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
The manifestos are available on Rosefeldt's website for those that would like to learn more. While some are more than 100 years old, the passion and idealism of the artists, most in early career, resonate with Western culture today.
If you are a fan of 20th century art, ideas, good filmmaking, or superb acting, you will likely enjoy the film. If you need a linear narrative with well defined plot, you may want to skip.
This film by German artist/writer/director Julian Rosefeldt was originally shown in a museum as 13 separate vignettes with 13 characters all played by Cate Blanchett. Someone decided it would be a good idea to put it all together and release it as a movie. Blanchett plays everything from a homeless man to a teacher to a God-fearing housewife and lots in between. It is certainly an acting tour de force. It is also a bit hard to watch.
The film features Blanchett in everyday characters you might see, talking and sometimes ranting various policies/narratives, alas manifestos. They range from the sins of capitalism to anti-communism to religious passages. The technical aspects are darn good using some nice tricky camera work, some very good music and colorful backdrops. But in the end this is an acting lesson provided by Ms. Blanchett and not much more.
To say I love this montage is to assume I fully comprehend it. I don't, and of course, the dialog is intentionally nonsensical but with humor nonetheless.I am left a little breathless with the enormity of it. I love it because I simply adore Cate Blanchett. She is an icon. Those are her children and husband at the Conservative woman's dinner table, BTW. Where else could anything so dark be so light? I'd say it is worth watching (listening to) just to hear the variety in the range of her voice and many accents.
Thought this was cool, weird, original. Love watching Cate Blanchett. I can't say I 'got' all of it, but thought the dinner scene and news station scene were particularly amazing. It's the kind of movie where if you let if wash over you, rather than focus on every word, you get the feeling of what is being said here.
Let the gist of it grab you at the gut level and don't think too much -- just as you would approach a great work of art.
what a great random film to stumble upon searching through instant video! this would make excellent viewing and discussion in an art history class. if that does not at all sound appealing to you, you might want to skip this one. like other reviewers have noted, this is edited together from the individual films showing all together in it's original presentation. knowing that makes the editing of the film even more appreciated--very well done. i was especially delighted to get a taste of the chorus one might have experienced IRL in the great closing scene. anyhow, cate blanchett is amazing and each of these vignettes in so many ways characterizes the spirit of the art movements/manifestos as well as the artist's (rosefeldt) own critical eye of each. the production is wonderful--beautiful visuals, droning industrial score. the dada scene had me laughing out loud. smoke a bowl and watch this one!
Very good movie. Weird and intelligent. You have to watch it over and over to understand the different manifestos, the excellent acting and amazing filmmaking. Super good, I am going back to watching it again. Nicklas at Pleasuregreen.net