Manifesto draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situtationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers, editing and reassembling them as a collage of artists' manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today. Performing these 'new manifestos' while inhabiting thirteen different personas - among them a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man - Cate Blanchett imbues new dramatic life into these famous words in unexpected contexts.Written by
Originally a video installation exhibition with all 13 sections playing simultaneously on repeat at 13 different screens. The original exhibition took place in ACMI, the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, in Melbourne, the hometown of Cate Blanchett. The centre also serves as the resident for Blanchett's first Academy Award, as she donated the award to the museum for exhibition. See more »
[as a funeral speaker]
You don't understand that one can be attached to nothing and be happy.But you're too scared of no longer believing. You don't understand that one can be attached to nothing and be happy. We see everything. We love nothing. I am against systems. The most acceptable system is, in principle, to have none. Abolition of logic, Dada. Abolition of memory, Dada. Abolition of archeology, Dada. Abolition of the future, Dada. Dada is still shit, but from now on... From now on we want...
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Originally premiered as a 130min multi-screen film installation exhibition in mid-December 2015 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which then toured various other museum spaces around the world. The 2016 edited film version (90min) premiered at Sundance Film Festival. See more »
I'm convinced that the internet has erased all meaning from the word "pretentious." It once meant exactly what it sounds like, pretending to be something other than what you are.
This film, along with all non-standard films, has evoked countless online accusations of pretense, which in the world of online movie reviews actually just means that the reviewer found it weird and boring.
The film does not, and be aware of this is if you plan on watching it, contain a plot-based, narrative fantasy for viewers to follow to a satisfying conclusion. What it does is combine together short slice-of-life vignettes with the reading of various bits of aesthetic and philosophical manifestos.
Its appeal will be limited to only people who find the rantings of tortured souls interesting. I have actually read quite a few of the bits that were included in the film, and I find the whole absurd reality of artistic manifestos and philosophical creeds fascinating, so I enjoyed the film. If you're not that kind of nerd, you won't like it.
But is it pretentious? No. It did not pretend to be anything other than what it was: a presentation of some famous manifestos in combination with scenes from ordinary life. It is certainly weird, and it will certainly bore most viewers.
As always Cate Blanchett's performance is incredible. The cinematography is impeccable.
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