Manderlay

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Name Teacher’s name Course Date An analysis of Lars von Trier’s Manderlay. Dodgeville and Manderlay by Lars von Trier form the first two sections of the ‘USA Films’ planned trilogy, with the third segment, Washington that is yet to be realised. Both of these movies tell the story of a woman named Grace Mulligan, a cultured gangster's daughter that is fiercely moral and attempts to change the miserable lives of the poor people around her, often under with hefty circumstances. Set in the year 1933, Grace stumbles upon a group of African American slaves that had not been informed that slavery had been abolished by their ‘masters.' She promptly lets them know that slavery was banned and they are free. She then takes over the plantation to help them transition from slavery to freedom. Nonetheless, the former slaves are sort of in a ‘culture shock,' and do not know how to act and what to do now that they are free. Accordingly, the end up doing the same things as they did before. However, Grace does not lose hope and rounds the former slaves up and lectures the entire group on democratic citizenship. This talk, together with time, helps the community come together and act as one. With this unity, they plant crops, harvest and get a good price for their produce. Nonetheless, the money is stolen, and it is discovered that Timothy, Grace's husband took the money. In a climatic end, Grace is forced to punish Timothy, but Timothy blames her for turning him into what he is (Manderlay). Generally, Lars von Trier’s Manderlay covers issues of modern freedom and slavery. The paper herein will analyse Lars von Trier's Manderlay based on the main theme,

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