La Ultima Cena

The film La Ultima Cena appeared to be very accurate, and according to John Mraz’s chapter there was a lot of research put into the making of this movie. The cruel and harsh treatment of the slaves was definitely accurate. A good implication of such was in the beginning of the film when they captured Sebastian after an attempt to escape and the overseer cut his ear off. Mraz states that local powers were the absolute power. That explains why Don Manuel was so hated by the slaves, he made the rules. Manuel did not care that the count granted the older slave his freedom he told him to work anyways, and he did not care that the count and the priest said to give them Good Friday off from work he was going to put them to work anyways.

In the beginning of the film the overseers were talking about a slave revolt somewhere else and the one overseer seemed worried saying how their were more slaves then nonslaves there. So the count probably between fear of a revolt and his own self pity reenacted the last supper to manipulate the slaves. Even though the count probably did believe most of what he said, it was not uncommon for a slave owner to let the power go to their head and feel superior to their slaves even developing a holier than thou god-like complex.

The movie did a good job at getting into the characters of the twelve disciple slaves. It showed all different personalities and background, which would be true they would not all be from the same place or have the same stories. It showed the slaves singing and dancing which is very common for their culture. John Mraz’s reading points out the feelings of the slaves had to just mainly be guessed. Slaves were not taught how to read or write therefore they had nothing to leave behind to be studied or read now.