Analysis Of The Film 'La Última Cena'

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No One Colonizes Innocently The Cuban historical film, La Última Cena, or The Last Supper, takes place at a plantation in Havana at the end of the 18th century. In an effort to respect the holy week and to teach his slaves about Christianity, a sanctimonious plantation owner invites twelve of his slaves to dinner with him to reenact the last supper. During the dinner, the Count tries to influence his slaves towards Christianity and feeds them religious rhetoric. As the night goes on, the Count gets drunk and begins to make promises to his slaves in an attempt to seem more Christ-like. The next day, Good Friday, his promises are not kept and the slaves revolt. Because of the rebellion, the twelve slaves that ate dinner with the Count are all hunted down and killed except for one. This film can be further explained through the concepts of three theorists, Aimé Césaire, Homi K. Bhabha, and W.E.B. DuBois. Césaire states that “colonization works to decline the colonizer, to brutalize him in the truest sense of the word, to degrade him, to awaken him to buried instincts, to covetousness, violence, race hatred and moral relativism” (Césaire, 173). This can be seen …show more content…

He tells them that suffering is God’s greatest gift and that those who suffer will be rewarded. Some of the slaves accept the religion as truth, while others are less eager to believe everything the Count says. Jaques Lacan in Bhabha’s Of Mimicry and Man, states “the effect of mimicry is camouflage…It is not a question of harmonizing with the background, but against a mottled background, of becoming mottled- exactly like the technique of camouflage practiced in human warfare” (Bhabha, 85). The slaves are forced to mimic the slave owner’s religion. If they were to have kept their own religion, that would be an aspect of them that the colonizer wouldn’t be able to understand and, therefore, wouldn’t be able to

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