Cate Blanchett as a vagrant at the Paris Beaux-Arts
The Australian actress is chameleon-esque in a captivating video entitled “Manifesto” on show at the Paris Beaux-Arts. In it she embodies 13 different characters from a furious homeless guy to a neat school teacher.
Directed by German artist Julian Rosefeldt, this video installation presented on numerous screens in the Paris Beaux-Arts amphitheatre, reveals the true extent of the Australian film star’s acting ability. But the performance is not just about her embodying these 13 characters, it is also the reposts each one delivers: quotes from great artistic manifestos of the 20th century. From reflections made by film maker Jim Jarmusch to the thoughts of writer and poet André Breton, these artists’ manifestos are brought up to date and performed by the actress in a contemporary context through the lives of every day folk, the school teacher, the homeless guy, the factory worker, the TV presenter. It’s a visual and artistic collage carried brilliantly by the fascinating winner of two Oscars.
“Manifesto” directed by Julian Rosefeldt featuring Cate Blanchett, is on show at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, quai Malaquais, from February 24th to April 20th 2017.