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Manifesto (1988)

In a small European country, the king is scheduled to visit a small, quiet and "safe" village. It turns out that while the village may indeed be small, it's neither as quiet nor as safe as it's expected to be.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Svetlana Vargas
Police Chief Hunt
Lily Sachor
Svetozar Cvetkovic ...
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Dr. Lombrosow
Linda Marlowe ...
Stella Vargas
Tanja Boskovic ...
Enver Petrovci ...
The King
Zeljko Duvnjak ...


In 1920, in Central Europe, the tyrannical king of an Empire is visiting the small town of Waldheim. While a group of revolutionaries plot to kill the despotic king, his oppressive secret service, leaded by Avanti, and the police force, leaded by Police Chief Hunt, organize his reception. Svetlana Vargas, a member of a bourgeois family and abused by her employee Emile, is in charge to organize the attempt against the king. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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27 January 1989 (USA)  »

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A Night of Love  »

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Remake of Passionnelle (1947) See more »

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18 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film has some splendid images, some awful performances by some very good actors, and a lot of the symbolic code that enabled Eastern European directors to get their messages out under the censorship of repressive regimes.

But far more interesting than any of these is the book Simon Callow wrote about the process of making this film called "Shooting the Actor," which is an eye-opening look into the process of film-making in general and this picture in particular. Even more stimulating is the fact that Callow's acid memoir is occasionally interrupted by stinging rebuttals from the director, Dusan Makavejev.

I think the book will do more to keep this film alive than any interest generated by the film itself. Experience both, and you will find the encounter very worth while.

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