Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Monday, June 09, 2003  

"I think many of us saw the Mystic Masseur as our big chance to be portrayed on the cinematic 'big screen'. And we were upset, even frustrated, when we didn't see ourselves portrayed accurately....

"But it is worth seeing. I cannot help but feel that the uneasy, sometimes violent, reactions to the film are a variant of what Vidia Naipaul himself observed so many years ago in Trinidad: when a primitive-looking African would appear on cinema screens, Trinidadians would laugh and ridicule the character. It was a response to an uneasiness."

- Kirk Meighoo in a review (no online link) in today's Express of the Mystic Masseur, Merchant/Ivory's 2001 film of the Naipaul novel, now on general release in Trinidad.

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