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Review of the film "Manifesto"

A talented full-length video art project in which Keith Blanchett reads well-known manifestos in different ways.

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A half-mad bum, a well-deserved choreographer, a schoolteacher, a glamorous TV presenter, a strict housewife, a widow at a funeral ... Thirteen very different characters, played by Cate Blanchett, read fragments from the famous manifestos, from the Manifesto of the Communist Party to the manifesto of the kinoman movement Dogma 95.

Shot from the film "Manifesto"

Shot from the film "Manifesto"

The picture was created under the impression of the experimental biopic "I'm Not There", in which Bob Dylan was portrayed by six different actors, including Cate Blanchett

"Manifesto" of the German video artist Juliana Roselfeld is demonstrated in cinemas, but is more suitable for art galleries, where the tape was originally exhibited (the premiere of the tape was held in the largest Australian museum ACMI). It is not a movie in the usual sense of the word, but a full-length art project and at the same time an attempt to shake off the dust from the famous manifestos and read them not as fragments of the history of art and politics, but as heart-rending cries of the soul of talented people - usually young and fledgling, his "I".

Shot from the film "Manifesto"

Shot from the film "Manifesto"

The film was shot within 12 days, so Blanchett did not have time for improvisation. Each scene was carefully thought out and rehearsed

The writing of a loud manifest is always a creation of a mask, which rarely corresponds to what it hides. How many fans who know their idols according to their works, when they met in person, discovered that celebrities were not what they wanted to be! "Manifesto" shows this contrast, putting famous words into a not very suitable mouth. For example, a sharply nihilist manifesto of Dadaism is presented as a wife's speech at her husband's funeral. On the one hand, this is shocking, since the funeral is usually spoken in a completely different tone, and on the other hand, Dadaism arose as a reaction to the nightmare of World War I, and its association with the funeral shows the inner essence of the manifesto, which is both furious and mournful.

Shot from the film "Manifesto"

Shot from the film "Manifesto"

Similarly, combining the characters and passages, Roséfeld then deeply digs, then just laughs - like, for example, in a scene where the teacher reads the business-like manifesto of the Dogma 95 (so to shoot, so do not take pictures ...), and they diligently repeat it as if learn the rules of spelling. The more you know about the texts that the director uses, the more fun you will get from the way he plays them. However, you do not need to be an expert to appreciate the rich poetry in prose, which is the number of many quoted manifestos, and to enjoy the associations that arose in the head of the video artist.

Shot from the film "Manifesto"

Shot from the film "Manifesto"

Another potential object of admiration is the "chameleon" abilities Cate Blanchett and how clearly her characters are clearly outlined, how obviously they differ among themselves. Not all of them are as diametrically opposed as the bum and TV presenter, but even women from almost one circle (say, a choreographer and an art-party man) can not be confused. A little different clothes, slightly different hairstyle, outstanding acting skills - and in the frame are two completely different people! Of course, this is a merit not only of the actress, but also of the one who directed it.

Shot from the film "Manifesto"

Shot from the film "Manifesto"

Also the film sometimes shows interesting urban and industrial landscapes, found in Berlin, where the tape was created. Some of them are strikingly beautiful, others are impressed by brutal ugliness, yet others cause associations with Russia (the GDR is no more, but its traces are preserved). As far as we know, Roselfeld did not have the opportunity to substantially complete and reshape the places chosen for the shooting, so that the pen is in his hat for what he has found and captured.

Another thing is that all of the above - the virtues of "cinema is not for everyone", which requires spectator cooperation and can easily lull someone who is not ready to listen, think and evaluate. "Manifesto" is a film for the patient and interested, and not for those who go to the cinema for the sake of the plot, drive, emotions and other merits of the mainstream narrative art.

Since 8 June at the cinema.

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