Synopsis: Cate Blanchett performs manifestos as a series of striking monologues.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Julian Rosefeldt
  1 win & 2 nominations.
95 min


All that

is solid melts into air.

To put out a manifesto,

you must want A, B,

C to fulminate against 1, 2, 3.

To fly into a rage,

and sharpen your wings

to conquer and disseminate

little A, B, C's and big A,

B, C's, To sign, shout, swear.

To prove you're nonplus ultra.

To organize prose into

a form of absolute

and irrefutable evidence.

I'm against action.

I'm for continuous


for affirmation,.

Too I am neither

for nor against.

And I do not explain

because I hate common sense.

I'm writing a manifesto

because I have nothing to say.

I speak only of myself since

I do not wish to convince.

I have no right to drag

others into my river.

I oblige no one to follow me.

And everyone practices

his art in his own way,

if he knows the joy

that rises like arrows

to the astral layers,

or that other joy

that goes down into

the minds of corpse

flowers and fertile spasms.

Does anyone think he

has found a psychic base

common to all mankind?

How can one expect to

put order into the chaos

that constitutes that infinite

and shapeless variation...


Want to do it again?

Do it again.




This is so much fun.

An old world is dying.

A new one is being born.

Capitalist civilization,

which has dominated

the economic, political, and

cultural life of continents,

is in the process of decay.

It is now breeding new

and devastating wars.

The prevailing economic crisis

is placing greater and greater

burdens upon the mass of

the world's population,

upon those who work

with hand or brain.

The present crisis has

stripped capitalism naked.

It stands more

revealed than ever

as a system of robbery

and fraud, unemployment

and terror, starvation and war.

The general crisis of capitalism

is reflected in its culture.

The economic and political

machinery of the bourgeoisie

is in decay.

Its philosophy, its literature,

and its art are bankrupt.

In this period of change,

the role of the artist

can only be that of

the revolutionary.

It is his duty to

destroy the last remnants

of an empty, irksome

aesthetic, arousing

the creative instinct

still slumbering

unconscious in the human mind.

Our art is the art of

a revolutionary period,

simultaneously the reaction

of a world going under,

and the herald of a new era.

We glorify the revolution aloud

as the only engine of life.

We glorify the vibrations

of the inventors.

Young and strong,

they carry the flaming

torch of the revolution.

This is the place

where the virtuous

of spirits, the and the..

Ah, be off with ya'.

My friends

and I stayed up all night

debating at the utmost

boundaries of logic

and filling up masses of paper

with our frenetic writings.

At long last, all the myths and

mystical ideas are behind us.

We believe that this Wonderful

world has been further

enriched by a new beauty...

The beauty of speed.

We want to sing about

the love of danger,

about the use of

energy and recklessness

as common daily practice.

We intend to glorify

aggressive action...

Life at the double, the

slap, and the punching fist.

We wish to glorify war

and beautiful ideas

worth dying for.

The suffering of a man is

of the same interest to us

as the suffering of

an electric lamp.

We will destroy the cult

of the past, the obsession

with the ancients and

academic formalism.

We want our country free

from the endless number

of museums that everywhere cover

her like countless graveyards.

Shit to Florence,

Montmartre, Munich.

Shit to dictionaries, good

tastisms, orientalism,


Shit to Dante, Shakespeare,

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Julian Rosefeldt

Julian Rosefeldt (born 1965 in Munich) is a German artist and filmmaker. Rosefeldt’s work consists primarily of elaborate, visually opulent film and video installations, often shown as panoramic multi-channel projections. His installations range in style from documentary to theatrical narrative. more…

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