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Cate Blanchett Stars in "The Carnival is Over" by Shirin Neshat

Artist Shirin Neshat explains the film: “I was interested in how female singers are universally treated as objects of desire. At first, Cate looks gorgeous, but when she sings it’s a transgender's voice. The audience heckles her, and she becomes confrontational. When the music comes back on, she does a seductive dance but her face is evil. For her final act of subversion, she takes off her hair and makeup and walks away. That part was Cate’s idea. Fuck the beauty.”

Released on 9/5/2018

Credits

Starring: Cate Blanchett

DIRECTED BY Shirin Neshat DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Ghasem Ebrahimian VOCALS Anohni SONG "The Carnival is Over" originally performed by The Seekers, 1967 ORIGINAL SCORE & SOUND DESIGN Johnny Azari EDITOR Shahryar Shahamat ADDITIONAL EDITING Johnny Azari SITTINGS EDITOR Sam Walker HAIR BY Robert Vetica at The Magnet Agency MAKEUP BY Jeanine Lobell for Giorgio Armani at Streeters MANICURE BY Yuko Tsuchihashi Giorgio Armani at Susan Price NYC SET DESIGN Adrian Crabbs at The Magnet Agency PRODUCED BY Blayke Kogan at Rosco Production PRODUCTION COORDINATOR May Lin Le Goff 1st ASSISTANT CAMERA Rodin Hamidi 2nd ASSISTANT CAMERA Olga Vazquez KEY GAFFER Tony Sur KEY GRIP JR James SWING Jesse Gouveia, SOUND OPERATOR Matthew Leibowitz PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS Benjamin Merker, Emma Modek SET DESIGN ASSISTANT Evan Schaffer FASHION ASSISTANT Emma Metz TAILOR Joshua Schwartz at In-House-Atelier

Transcript

00:36
♪ Say goodbye my one true lover ♪
00:43
♪ As we sing a lovers' song ♪
00:48
♪ How it breaks my heart to leave you ♪
00:54
♪ Now the carnival is gone ♪
01:00
♪ High above the door is waiting ♪
01:06
♪ And my tears are pouring rain ♪
01:11
♪ For the carnival is over ♪
01:17
♪ We may never meet again ♪
01:22
♪ Like a drum, my heart is beating ♪
01:28
♪ And your kiss was sweet as wine ♪
01:34
♪ But the joys of love are fleeting ♪
01:40
♪ For Pierrot and Columbine ♪
01:45
♪ Now the harbor light is falling ♪
01:50
♪ This will be our last goodbye ♪
01:56
♪ Though the carnival is over ♪
02:02
♪ I will love you 'til I die ♪
02:08
♪ Like a drum my heart was beating ♪
02:14
♪ And your lips were sweet as wine ♪
02:21
♪ For the joys of love are fleeting ♪
02:27
♪ For Pierrot and Columbine ♪
02:35
♪ Now the harbor light is calling ♪
02:42
♪ This will be our last goodbye ♪
02:49
♪ Though the carnival is over ♪
02:55
♪ I will love you 'til I die ♪
03:04
♪ Though the carnival is over ♪
03:13
♪ I will love you 'til ♪
03:21
♪ I die ♪
03:55
What did you say?
04:03
Who said that?
04:09
What did you say?
04:14
Well why don't you come up here and say that?
04:18
No why don't you come into the light here
04:21
and be seen and say that.
04:24
You wanna say that?
04:26
Come here.
04:28
What, you're shy?
04:31
You're shy?
04:36
Why don't you come up here and say that?
04:48
(soft music)
04:52
(enchanting guitar music)
07:36
(soft music)
07:46
(enchanting guitar music)