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Cate Blanchett's 12 Best Performances Ranked

It just wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t include “Manifesto” on this list, as it’s the film where Cate Blanchett plays 13 wildly different characters, all of whom recite monologues inspired by famous manifestos from the 20th century. Unforutany, not many people have actually seen the movie, so we’ll do our best to enlighten you. “Manifesto” initially premiered as a multi-screen art installation that took approximately two hours to view in its entirety. Director Julian Rosefeldt then created a 90-minute theatrical version that premiered at Sundance.

It’s often said that Blanchett has the ability to completely transform herself for a role, and this skill is as clear as it’s ever been in “Manifesto.” The characters that Blanchett plays in the film include diverse figures such as a school teacher, factory worker, choreographer, punk, newsreader, scientist, and puppeteer. More of an artistic experiment than a cohesive film, “Manifesto” gives Blanchett the chance to play and act as flamboyant as she wishes. Her performances here certainly aren’t nuanced, but they are larger-than-life in a way that’s well-suited to the film’s unique format.

It’s a delight to watch Blanchett be given the freedom to totally let loose and be playful. While she is certainly able to transform herself for each role, the actual process of acting is made clear here in a way that wouldn’t be welcome in another project. But because “Manifesto” is about experimentation and expression, Blanchett’s full-throttled approach isn’t just welcome, it also gives us insight into just how far an actor like Blanchett can go.

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