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Manderlay (2005)

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

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Lars von Trier (as Lars Von Trier)

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Lars von Trier (as Lars Von Trier)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Grace Margaret Mulligan
Isaach De Bankolé ... Timothy
Danny Glover ... Wilhelm
Willem Dafoe ... Grace's Father
Michaël Abiteboul Michaël Abiteboul ... Thomas
Lauren Bacall ... Mam
Jean-Marc Barr ... Mr. Robinsson
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Bertie
Virgile Bramly ... Edward
Ruben Brinkman ... Bingo
Doña Croll Doña Croll ... Venus (as Dona Croll)
Jeremy Davies ... Niels
Llewella Gideon Llewella Gideon ... Victoria
Mona Hammond Mona Hammond ... Old Wilma
Ginny Holder Ginny Holder ... Elisabeth
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Storyline

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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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2005 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€11,766 (Netherlands), 4 September 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,117, 29 January 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$78,378, 30 March 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$469,101, 21 April 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John C. Reilly was originally signed to play Dr. Hector, but was replaced by Zeljko Ivanek during production. A donkey was put to death while filming, and it was reported in the U.S. 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. 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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Good follow-up
13 September 2005 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

Anti-American or not? This seems to be the most important question for many American viewers when deciding whether to like von Triers trilogy of films about America. Uninteresting as the discussion may be i must still say that i don't think it's anti-American, rather it just shows a very bleak view of humanity in general.

In my opinion Dogville was an amazing film. Even though it was artificial to the core with it's theatrical style i still felt it all the way to the bone. Seldom have i seen such an arty movie that still worked so well. Amazing actors, a story that is brutal and inhuman and an amazing ending. Doing a follow-up to such a movie is not easy, and yet von Trier has promised to make two. Today i saw Manderlay and the question is if it lived up to the expectations given by Dogville.

Right from the beginning Manderlay is at a disadvantage compared to Dogville. The theatrical style with it's stage-like setup and minimum of props has already been done and is not as unique as it was when Dogville was released. Also the lead actress Nicole Kidman is missing, replaced by the (at least to me) quite unknown Bryce Dallas Howard. Also James Caan as her father is replaced by Willem Dafoe. So how did they do? Willem Dafoe is in my opinion one of the most talented actors today in Hollywood and he does excellent here as usual, Bryce Dallas Howard on the other hand is rather pale as a replacement for Kidman. Don't get me wrong, Howard does a decent job of tackling the lead and she fits rather nicely in the movie. However she lacks the width and depth in her acting that Kidman has honed through the years and Howards version of Grace feels more shallow and a lot less haunted.

Otherwise the actors are, like in Dogville, the main attraction. One of von Triers main skills must definitely be bringing out the best in his actors. Everyone performs well despite the demanding format of the movie. The minimalist style demands it's actors to perform well at all times as there is no room for mistakes and nothing to cover them up.

Dogville is in my opinion a better movie than Manderlay. The story is more multi-layered, the actors (especially Kidman) are better and the moral points are presented in a much more powerful way. Yet Manderlay is undoubtedly also a good movie, as well as a good continuation of the story about Grace. If you enjoyed Dogville and accepted the format in which it was presented my guess is that you'll enjoy Manderlay. Part of the point of watching Dogville for me was that it was food for thought and Manderlay also gives you reason to think. So even though this was not as good as Dogville i'm still not disappointed.


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