A Baker's Dozen of Cate Blanchetts: 'Manifesto'
A homeless male Blanchett, a broadcast news anchor Blanchett, a blue-collar factory worker Blanchett, a mourning widow Blanchett – collect all 13! Visual artist Julian Rosefeldt takes his art installation involving the Oscar-winner reading numerous philosophical tracts while in a baker's dozen of different personas and turns into one seamless showcase. Not all sections are equal, but when you see all of these vignettes strung together as a whole, you realize the focus has switched. It's now a tribute to the actor – and to the process of acting itself. And to see her transform the principles of Dadaism into a ranting, raging eulogy at a funeral is to witness a performer who knows how to turn text into feeling no matter what. We once said we'd watch Blanchett read the phone book. We'd settle for the Dogme 95 rulebook.