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Manderlay (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 3 June 2005 (Denmark)
A story of slavery, set in the southern U.S. in the 1930s.

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(as Lars Von Trier)

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(as Lars Von Trier)

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Thomas
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Mam
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Geoffrey Bateman ...
Bertie
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Edward
Ruben Brinkman ...
Bingo
Doña Croll ...
Venus (as Dona Croll)
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Niels
Llewella Gideon ...
Victoria
Mona Hammond ...
Old Wilma
Ginny Holder ...
Elisabeth
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After gangster Mulligan's cars colony, fleeing northern justice, finds a hiding place in Alabama, spoiled, naive daughter Grace refuses to travel on after seeing the Manderlay cotton plantation being run under slavery rules, called Mam's law, inclusive flogging. She keeps half of dad's goons as guard to force the dying matriarch-owner's heirs, which she shamelessly dispossesses and reduces to 'staff', to taste destitution under absurd, gun-imposed contracts. The 'slaves' are made free partners, supposed to vote for progress after lessons from Grace. But almost all her democracy-pupils prove fickle, dumb and selfish, except old Willem. Her and their ignorance in Southern planting and crafty Dixie ways means more problems are created then solved. By the time dad returns to pick her up or abandon her for good, she's the one who has learned and changed the most. Written by KGF Vissers

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3 June 2005 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

The Film 'Manderlay' as Told in Eight Straight Chapters  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,117 (USA) (27 January 2006)

Gross:

$74,205 (USA) (17 March 2006)
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Trivia

John C. Reilly was originally signed to play Dr. Hector but was replaced by Slovenian actor Zeljko Ivanek during production. A donkey was put to death while filming, and it was reported in US magazine Entertainment Weekly that this was what prompted Reilly to walk off the set, though he has never commented publicly on the incident or his exact reasons for leaving the film. The executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen told Swedish media that "people should not be upset - instead they should think about the situation of the Third World". Since the movie was filmed in Sweden, they followed Swedish law, which says that animals can be put to death in movie productions if a veterinarian is the one carrying out the killing. Director Lars von Trier later cut the scene from the film, which was attributed to protests from animal rights groups. Von Trier said that he didn't want to draw attention away from the content of the film. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: It was in the year of 1933, when Grace and her father were heading southward with their army of gangsters.
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An official Danish, Swedish, French, British, German and Dutch co-production in accordance with the 1992 European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production. See more »

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Referenced in The Cannes Experience: Manderlay 2005 (2005) See more »

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Young Americans
Written and Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music, Inc.
Published by Chrysalis Music Limited
EMI Music Publishing Limited / RZO Music Limited
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Von Trier 2, mankind zero
1 October 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I was expecting something very inferior to Dogville, which is, but i forgot that it did not need to be as good to be great. Again, one or another person (many of them not very bright) will say that it's only anti-American crap, but, again, it's more, way more than that: a brutal critic to the idealism which recognizes no national barriers and can be applied to any ideology, without any exception that i know; Communism/Socialism and Christianism specially comes to my mind; Grace could be seen as the socialist leader who brings the Marxism and releases the workers (the slaves) from oppression of the bourgeoisie (Mam and her family), or the priest with the word of God to the savages (again the slaves), and punishing the sinners (Mam and her family one more time). The weak point is that aesthetically is not close to be as interesting as his previous film, and i think that Trier knew it and so the style is not so important here. Bryce Dallas Howard delivers a great performance, and does not try to imitate Nicole Kidman, but create her own vision of the character, like they were 2 sides of the same person. In my opinion, this one is only edged by Dogville in Von Trier's career.


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