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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nelson Villagra
Silvano Rey
Luis Alberto García
José Antonio Rodríguez
Samuel Claxton
Mario Balmaseda
Idelfonso Tamayo
Julio Hernandez
Tito Junco
Andrés Cortina
Mirta Ibarra
Elio Mesa
Francisco Borroto
Luis Salvador Romero
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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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The movie provides a better history lesson than a history book.
5 May 2000 | by (Normal, Illinois) – See all my reviews

The movie The Last Supper provides audiences an excellent opportunity to truly understand the hardships slaves had to endure. Books can state facts and offer descriptions, however, this movie provides the opportunity to see deeper than what history books and stories can tell. The most profound example of this is when Sebastian is caught after attempting to run away. As his punishment, his ear is cut off. This demonstrates the violation of basic human rights and the cruel treatment slaves had to endure.

At the end, when the slaves' heads are displayed, it is another brief lesson on the white male dominance and the control of the church over everyone. History lessons may teach that the church was extremely powerful during the conquest, but the movie makes it much more obvious on how far people took this power.

Unfortunately, the storyline is not believable, and for some people it is a distraction because it is an impossible situation. I highly doubt a slave owner would invite his slaves to a feast and humble himself infront of them by kissing their feet. However, a movie would not receive much attention if it presented the basics of slavery in a documentary format. The story provided the entertainment, and a history lesson was tucked inside of it.


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