The experience of the event currently at the Armory on Park Avenue is so astounding it is a challenge just to describe it. So what must it have been for Cate Blanchett to play 13 completely different roles in 13 different short stories, all espousing the manifestos of various idealists and artists? One minute she is a toothless tramp, the next a Russian diva, then a school teacher, a Southern mother, a drug induced teenager. One character quotes Jean-Luc Godard saying ‘It’s not where you take things from, its where you take them to’y. Another talks about taking all things mundane, cleaning your teeth, wiping your hands, going to work, and flushing them into consciousness – everything is art! There are so many quotes and ideologies emanating from screens around the cavernous amory that it becomes a whir of chatter, building to a crescendo when suddenly and simultaneously Cate appears close up on every screen. Then the images recede and the cycle of the films start again. Surrounded by darkness and an audience silently moving from one screen to another, the impact is dramatic and unforgettable. Full credit to the artist Julian Rosefeldt for his intense creativity. But even more-so to Cate Blanchett, who does the county and the craft proud…


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3 Responses to Manifesto

  1. Linley says:

    So thrilled you got to this event Gabrielle. Happy New Year from Linley.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Bernadette Cook says:

    Yes our Cate is amazing, saw this a ACMI in Melbourne last year. Lovely to know it’s now in NYC
    Glad you enjoyed and loved your story on it.

    • A late reply Bernadette – my apologies and thanks. I’m amazed that everyone at home hasn’t seen this, it is so amazing. Apparently there is much talk about the impact it will have in Sundance this coming week. Let’s hope Cate gets the audience she deserves…

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