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Manifesto (1988)

In a small European country, the king is scheduled to visit a small, quiet and "safe" village. It turns out that while the village may indeed be small, it's neither as quiet nor as safe as it's expected to be.

Director:

Dusan Makavejev

Writers:

Dusan Makavejev, Émile Zola (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Camilla Søeberg ... Svetlana Vargas
Alfred Molina ... Avanti
Simon Callow ... Police Chief Hunt
Eric Stoltz ... Christopher
Lindsay Duncan ... Lily Sachor
Rade Serbedzija ... Emile
Svetozar Cvetkovic Svetozar Cvetkovic ... Rudi Kugelhopf
Chris Haywood ... Wango
Patrick Godfrey ... Dr. Lombrosow
Linda Marlowe ... Stella Vargas
Ronald Lacey ... Conductor
Tanja Boskovic Tanja Boskovic ... Olympia
Gabrielle Anwar ... Tina
Enver Petrovci Enver Petrovci ... The King
Zeljko Duvnjak Zeljko Duvnjak ... Martin
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In 1920, in Central Europe, the tyrannical king of an Empire is visiting the small town of Waldheim. While a group of revolutionaries plot to kill the despotic king, his oppressive secret service, leaded by Avanti, and the police force, leaded by Police Chief Hunt, organize his reception. Svetlana Vargas, a member of a bourgeois family and abused by her employee Emile, is in charge to organize the attempt against the king. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A film of passion, power and politics... [UK Video] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Night of Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,838, 29 January 1989

Gross USA:

$70,060

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,060
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Cannon Group See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color
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Erotic and Anarchic Black Humor Comedy
27 July 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1920, in Central Europe, the tyrannical king (Enver Petrovci) of an Empire is visiting the small town of Waldheim. While a group of revolutionaries plot to kill the despotic king, his oppressive secret service, leaded by Avanti (Alfred Molina), and the police force, leaded by Police Chief Hunt (Simon Callow), organize his reception. Svetlana Vargas (Camilla Søeberg), a member of a bourgeois family and abused by her employee Emile (Rade Serbedzija), is in charge to organize the attempt against the king.

"Manifesto" is an erotic and anarchic black humor comedy with a magnificent cinematography. The story has bizarre scenes, some of them non-sense and many good moments. People in town seem to breathe sex, and sexuality is everywhere. I liked the explanation of Police Chief Hunt that "we solve our cases even before they are cases". Camilla Søeberg is extremely sexy and beautiful, and with a wonderful body. This movie is the debut of Gabrielle Anwar, in the role of a sixteen years old orphan that sells ice-creams and accept golden coins for other services. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Manifesto Por Uma Noite de Amor" ("Manifesto For One Night of Love")


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