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Laugh-out-loud humor and Cate Blanchett's tour de force performance(s) make Manifesto worth watching, even if the subject matter is too esoteric for all but a few.



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From acclaimed visual artist Julian Rosefeldt, MANIFESTO features two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett in 13 distinct, must-see vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements. From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before. Rosefeldt weaves together history's most impassioned artistic statements in this stunning and contemporary call to action.

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  • There is a hypnotic fascination to this work by artist and film-maker Julian Rosefeldt, one of the few commercial films that explores the boundaries between cinema and installation, or cinema and video art.

    Nov 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There's something increasingly mesmerising about Julian Rosefeldt's translation of his own 13-screen gallery piece to cinema.

    Nov 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • You may not know much about 20th-century art manifestos, but you'll know what you like with Cate Blanchett's stunning turn as 13 wildly diverse characters who explore them in Manifesto.

    Jun 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A kind of monotony sets in, as if we're being compelled to hear the effusions of a bright adolescent in an endlessly defiant mood.

    Jun 21, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "Manifesto" isn't for everybody. But even if you're unfamiliar with Dada and couldn't care less about Fluxus, it's a treat to watch an actress at the top of her game ...

    Jun 8, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Some bits are less effective and/or more obscure, but few last long enough to wear out their welcome, thanks to writer-director Julian Rosefeldt's clever, complementary visuals and to his affectionate, interested approach - even when he's poking fun.

    Jun 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Manifesto

Despite the striking visuals and Cate Blanchett's impressive surrender playing 13 different characters, what we see here must work a lot better as separated gallery pieces instead of put together, since the result is chaotic, confusing, self-indulgent and gets tiring real fast.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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More of an extended art project than a movie. Blanchett appears to be having the time of her life here, delivering some really humorous moments.

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