“To put out a manifesto you must want ABC to formulate against 123.” In ‘Manifesto’ which debuted as a multi-screen art exhibition back in 2015, Cate Blanchett performs manifestos as a series of striking monologues. Blanchett takes on thirteen different wide-ranging character roles, recounting 12 artists manifestos embodying some of the most influential and emotional artist manifestos in history kicking off with a homeless person and concluding with a punk.
“All current art is fake. Nothing is original. So you can steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration and fuels your imagination.” Art requires truth not sincerity. Written and directed by Julian Rosefeldt, in which he uses the words from various twentieth century manifestos of artists, architects, and filmmakers for dialogue, Rosefeldt puts Blanchett in the everyday world—as a housewife, a factory worker, or a TV anchor—declaring the words that have inspired whole art movements.
Art requires truth not sincerity. With a cast that also includes Erika Bauer and Carl Dietrich ‘Manifesto’ is scheduled to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017. The first trailer gives us a taste at the wide-ranging characters Blanchett inhabits. She goes into one monologue after another, and each one is more powerful than the previous speech. ‘Manifesto’ looks to be entertaining while also asking us to question if these passionate statements still hold true and inspire us today. The film was released in theaters May 10, 2017.
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