Trailer for 'Manifesto' Feature Film Starring Cate Blanchett in 13 Roles

January 12, 2017
Source: Yahoo

Manifesto Trailer

A trailer has debuted for Manifesto, a feature film version of an epic video installation project featuring 13 different characters reciting manifestos written by famous artists. Cate Blanchett stars in the 13 different vignettes, which feature characters reciting and performing scenes based on manifestos written by artists, architects, and filmmakers. The film is premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival coming up, but was also on display in New York and Berlin before. I've actually already seen all these segments individually, and they're incredible. Blanchett is phenomenal and brings so much nuance to each and every performance. This is more of an experimental art film than a narrative feature, but it's worth watching just for Blanchett alone.

Here's the first official trailer for Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto film, originally from Yahoo:

Manifesto Poster

Tour-de-force: a term so overused that we need an undeniable acting performance to renew its meaning for cinema. Cate Blanchett has just given us one, going all-out in Manifesto. Already respected as one of the best actresses in film, Blanchett raises the bar even higher by playing 13 different roles in Manifesto, embodying some of the most influential and emotional artist manifestos in history. Manifesto is written and directed by Julian Rosefeldt, a filmmaker/artist behind "intricate films and installations" previously. This originally began as a video installation at museums, before being turned into a film. It's premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival this month. Release info not available yet, stay tuned for news. Thoughts?

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    Woah. Looks cool.
  • Efterklang
    Bruh, that staircase shot. I'll watch it.
  • RAW_D
    I...don't know if I have the patience for this. I admire an actress taking on 13 roles in the same movie...but if the message is all preachy about "art for the sake of art" I'll pass. I've seen enough Cremaster crap to last a lifetime.
    • Hear ya. The frontier between Art and Fart is very tiny sometimes. Friederich Thiemann wasn't totally wrong when he said : When I hear the word 'culture', I reach for my revolver. Experimental Art can be sometimes obnoxious. I remember myself one time watching a contemporary dance on ARTE. It featured a bunch of naked men and women jumping all around the place, their junks and boobs bouncing, while squeaking like a dying marsupial. What a ridiculous and degrading situation!
      • Bo
        Yea, I'm with you on this, tarek, and I like Blanchett's work. I'd have to say usually. I didn't buy half these personas in this trailer and saw her 'acting' in most of them. In fact, I was embarrassed for her. Especially the two bits of her as the goth, tattoo'd gal. A bit too obvious and over the top and just bad acting. Also, this whole artsy fartsy thing is a bit pretentious, to say the least...this one reeked of that...and heavy self indulgence to boot.
        • Terry Craig
          I think that title card with the "written&directed by" followed by the name in the largest possible letters says it all about the director's sense of self-importance.
      • RAW_D
        Hahaha! That's hilarious!
      • shiboleth
        Don't get me wrong tarek, since I agree with you regarding this trailer, but I don't agree at all regarding art or that citing about the culture. Come on, you really could support taking a gun (or revolver, whatever) against the culture or art? I mean, I do understand that people sometimes get irritated by hypocrisy and false pretensions from people in artistic circles but comparing them to gangs or politicians, or even to business people would show us that those are not really the bad guys or gals, respectively. Being or trying to be an artist is not always something commendable for the people outside artistic circles, I understand that, but there's much more there than line between art and fart. And I even believe that you are aware of that, but you just used the opportunity to overreact this time. I mean, sure, a lot of people is trying to position themselves in society through art, but then again, let's compare that with situations when people do the same thing, either through politics and crime or through business. As far as I can see, those group can do much more harmful and irritating things than artists or people related with culture, right? Cheers ...
        • Hey shiboleth. I get your point, and I share it. But I was just using a figure of style. I hate guns. That's why I never joined the army. ;D
          • shiboleth
            I got it, tarek. Sorry for overstretched rant ... Stay cool ...
  • TheOct8pus
    Cate Blanchett could read the ingredients on the back of a cereal box and it would be amazing.
  • Nielsen700
    Looks great!
  • Thought it might be nonsense, but some of the scenes looked awesome.
  • shiboleth
    This yet has to prove itself worthy of attention. I mean, it is an enterprise to take up, but I don't really see anything worthy of the manifest. Although I do value Cate Blanchett's effort ...
  • bumboclot
    I hope most of the movie she's Dave from 2001 and Sexy Female Keith Richards. Those are cool characters!




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