Trailer for 'Manifesto' Feature Film Starring Cate Blanchett in 13 Roles
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:
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?
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
Woah. Looks cool.
DAVIDPD on Jan 12, 2017
Bruh, that staircase shot. I'll watch it.
Efterklang on Jan 12, 2017
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.
RAW_D on Jan 12, 2017
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!
tarek on Jan 13, 2017
Hahaha! That's hilarious!
RAW_D on Jan 13, 2017
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.
Terry Craig on Jan 13, 2017
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 ...
shiboleth on Jan 14, 2017
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
tarek on Jan 15, 2017
I got it, tarek. Sorry for overstretched rant ... Stay cool ...
shiboleth on Jan 16, 2017
Cate Blanchett could read the ingredients on the back of a cereal box and it would be amazing.
TheOct8pus on Jan 13, 2017
Nielsen700 on Jan 13, 2017
Thought it might be nonsense, but some of the scenes looked awesome.
Carpola on Jan 13, 2017
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 ...
shiboleth on Jan 13, 2017
I hope most of the movie she's Dave from 2001 and Sexy Female Keith Richards. Those are cool characters!
bumboclot on Jan 18, 2017
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