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The Last Supper (1976)

La última cena (original title)
A pious plantation owner attempts to teach Christianity to 12 of his slaves by inviting them to participate in a reenactment of the Last Supper.


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Nelson Villagra
Silvano Rey
Luis Alberto García
José Antonio Rodríguez
Samuel Claxton
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During Holy Week at the end of the eighteenth century, a count visits his Havana sugar mill on a day a slave has run away. The count tells his cruel overseer, Don Manuel, to pick 12 slaves who will be guests at the count's table. Don Manuel objects, but to no avail. The twelfth guest is the recaptured runaway. During the dinner, using religious analogies, the count lectures his guests on the perfect happiness possible in slavery. They in turn tell stories and make requests. He promises no work on Good Friday, but he leaves early that morning and Don Manuel rousts the slaves for a long day cutting cane. They rebel. Which side will the count take? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Intelligent, challenging, if flawed political drama
14 June 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Intelligent political drama about a slave owner trying to soothe his conscience by inviting 12 of his slaves to eat with him Easter week, in imitation of the last supper.

The set-up and rebellion ending are a bit obvious and heavy handed, but the long, theatrical middle, where the master and slaves slowly get drunk and reveal themselves, and the complex contradictions of religion and commerce has moments of real brilliance.

What's impressive is that the film's politics are clear, but not simplistic. The slaves are not painted as purely good and pure, nor is the master without his moments of humanity. All are ultimately products of a corrupt system - one that could be taken as a metaphor for modern capitalism and religion, but really are about any power system that forces submission on human beings

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