Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto, which recently screened at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory, is a cynical spectacular celebrating men’s ideas about modern Western art by way of a starlet’s heroic virtuosity. Cate Blanchett plays eleven female leads, and one man, in as many masterfully-executed tales. Each a magnificent nod to yet another cinematic genre, all play at once across a huge arena in an utterly spellbinding triumph of staging, a tour de force of technology, and a showy display of old-fashioned big-budget movie-know-how.
Published in The Brooklyn Rail, 2017-02-01
Park Avenue Armory | December 7, 2016 – January 8, 2017