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Manderlay [DVD] [2007]

Danny Glover , Willem Dafoe , Lars Von Trier    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Bryce Dallas Howard, John Hurt
  • Directors: Lars Von Trier
  • Writers: Lars Von Trier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In 2 Film
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P1KTHI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,198 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Controversial experimental drama from Danish director Lars Von Trier, exploring slavery and prejudice in the Deep South of the 1930s, a thematic sequel to his earlier 'Dogville' (2003). Arriving on the cotton plantation Manderlay, fugitive Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her mob of gangsters find a world where slavery has been allowed to continue. Freeing the slaves, Grace tries to teach them the rudiments of democracy and self-reliance, but soon comes to realise that she is merely imposing her own values on a culture of which she has little or no understanding. Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe and Lauren Bacall also star.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars God bless America 4 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
Danish director Lars Von Trier continues his Deep South adventure with this fable about race, power, isolation and freedom.

Like 2003's Dogville, there is something refreshingly literal about Von Trier's screenplay. That's not to say it lacks subtext - it is abundant - but at times its political convictions are presented like a series of political soundbites. While the blank theatre-style set is perhaps not used as effectively as it was in Dogville, the technique again adds weight to the bluntness of the key polemics.

Von Trier's magic is in tackling weighty subject matter in a very watchable way. Dancer In The Dark, for example, probably his most powerful deconstruction of the American Dream, showed us a new twist on the classical Hollywood musical; and without patronising its heritage it made a pertinent political point. Like that masterpiece, Manderlay demands the audience leave their expectations at the door whilst offering a reasonably straightforward narrative containing some satisfying plot twists and a surprising amount of dark humour. It may be less genre-specific than Dancer In The Dark, but like all this ex-Dogme director's latter films, it is accessible, neat and tight, and fleet of foot.

Von Trier presents yet another spiky woman-in-peril. Bryce Dallas Howard takes over from Nicole Kidman as the idealistic Grace. She turns out to be the ideal choice, too - there's a broadness to the shoulders and a steeliness to the eyes of this stronger, wiser heroine. Those who have Von Trier marked down as a misogynist will be pleased (or possibly disappointed) to hear that this troubled heroine is his most powerful and least set-upon to date.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Rich Boden VINE VOICE
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"Manderlay" is the sequal to "Dogville", which ended with Grace (Nicole Kidman) getting a brutal revenge on her captors and fleeing Dogville. "Manderlay" begins with Grace (now Bryce-Dallas Howard) arriving at the Manderlay plantation, where slavery still exists, 70 years after it had been legally abolished in Alabama. The mistress of the house (Mam, played by Lauren Bacall, who played Ma Ginger in "Dogville") dies as the movie begins and Grace frees the slaves. Manderlay remains, like its namesake Manderley (in "Rebecca"), haunted by the presence of its former matriarch and her shadow never truely leaves the house.

"Manderlay" expores the issue of freeing a captive-bred bird - it's not designed to live in the outside world - and how this issue applies to the freed slaves. Dallas Howard gives an excellent performance and you soon stop wondering how Kidman would have played each scene. Other excellent performances come from Ruben Brinkman and Danny Glover.

The staging of "Manderlay" is the same as that of "Dogville" - a sound-stage with a very minimalist set and painted lettering to designate what things are and painted lines to indicate walls. It works exceptionally well and the very clever use of lighting and wind-machines brings more life to the movie than you would get in a theatre using a similar staging of the story. The lack of set gives the actors a real challenge and their performance shines through.

Not a light film for Sunday-afternoon viewing - "Manderlay" is dark and bitter and leaves a lasting impression.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'puerile'??? no, no, no 16 Aug 2006
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Some say 'puerile', some say 'sardonic' or a 'wind-up', but Manderlay is none of the above. It is an acutely achieved masterpiece and one of the most intelligent pieces of cinema of the decade.

The film is based on the paradoxes involved when one group attempts to impose philosophies on others, philosophies that are blinded to the power relationships that bind any socio-economic situation. In less jargonistic terms, it shows us the paradox when we say freedom for all yet that freedom enables consequences we don't like.

Grace sees an atrocity, in a liberal-minded spirit she attempts to solve the atrocity by bringing freedom to a colony of slaves still working a cotton plantation 80 years after abolition. She preaches values of freedom and democracy and attempts to teach the slaves in these principles, installing the institution of the referendum to all decisions affecting the cotton farm they now all partly own. Conflicts then ensue on two levels, conflicts between the use of the vote and the logical call of science (they set the clock according to the vote) and conflicts between the use of the vote and the emotions of morality, the referendums result in resolutions that Grace finds repulsive to her morality.

This conflict is a demonstration of the conflict between democracy and rights based legal systems now faced in the world's liberal democracies. When the mass-opinion does not accord with the rights based consensus, the dictatorship of the legal system trumps the demos. This is fundamentally a power relationship and Trier realises this brilliantly in Grace's 'humane' shooting of an old slave who the group had condemned to a death of suffering.

The film delves into the question of when a group can be free.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Dogville
Personally, I prefer the prequel to this film "Dogville". However, this is still a must-watch piece of cinema and the seller was prompt and DVD condition was like new as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by partofthatworld
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly rated
The friend for whom I bought this rated it highly. From my point of view it was a good price and delivery was quick.
Published 14 months ago by Dave Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars A Razor to the throat
It is the story that counts and this resonate with Cervantes and Don Quixote, the vision of wanting to do good and help others, but there is always something in the way. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
1.0 out of 5 stars total rubbish
This has to be one of the worst films ive ever seen, i was so much in shock seeing how the set was set up and how the actors pretended to knock on an invisible door absolute... Read more
Published 23 months ago by womaneater21
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange, yet intriguing.
Its a very strange movie all set on a stage. No actual building or anything. But I watched it all without wanting to turn it off. But yeah its a strange movie.
Published on 22 April 2011 by Jayman81981
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel
Frankly most people have turned off Dogville within twenty minutes.I almost did myself.If you are onto Manderlay it is more of the same. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2008 by WRL
4.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal...but limited appeal
A real shame that von Treier's feels the need to intellectualise his films with this theatrical setting. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2007 by J. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Dogville ?
I won't attempt to compete with some of the very well-informed reviews on the Internet Movie Database, but to sum up: this is one of the two best recent films I've seen, and the... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2006 by kofi smith
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