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Mas Man Redux (Director's Cut), Peter Minshall, Trinidad Carnival Artist


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  • Directors: Dalton Narine
  • Producers: Dalton Narine
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B003H05W0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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(Producer's note: Bonus feature includes the Carnival band "Rat Race" by Peter Minshall.)
This is the Director's cut of a work about Peter Minshall. It is about a designer's hubris to author a new word in art, "Mas " (which overrides masquerade), to counteract the conformity and conservatism of Carnival in Trinidad in the 1970s. It's about Peter Minshall reinventing Mas as a cutting edge tool to enlighten spectators about the complexities of life - a bold move that, in due course, influences the Olympic Games to feature him as an artistic director in Barcelona, Atlanta and Salt Lake City.
There are so many textures to Peter Minshall's Carnival art, they all tie into a story line that essentially captures his muse, flair for costumery, as well as the enigma of a man whose main job seems to open confrontation between good and evil against the backdrop of the celebrations. His calling, as such, is to awaken themes about modern humanity that not only display a curious slant in art but also inform audiences that are privileged to discern his work.
The film focuses on Minshall's life and art, a tapestry woven from multiple threads that include his "masography" coursing through 26 years; his design and stage acumen; his Olympic Games contribution; the Carnival stage (the Mas) in Trinidad preparing him for the world stage (the Olympics); and his set pieces of political protest and entertainment provoking parallel emotions in major North American, European and Asian cities.

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Peter Minshall is one of the greatest visual/performance artists of the 20th century. His multi-layered performances for Trinidad Carnival (as well as 3 Olympic games and other theatrical events) have the narrative complexity, visual power, and spiritual force of any epic opera, film, or staged performance. What make Minshall's Carnival performances all the more potent is the fact that they are executed by individual masqueraders (numbering in the thousands) with all the spontaneity and chance that Carnival demands. Yet he channels the chaos of the crowd into a precise collective vision of the "Mas'", in the process revealing alternate histories that transcend typical Carnival themes.

The images in this film are stunning, and very difficult to find. For this archival value alone, "Mas Man" merits a superlative rating. But add to this interviews with Trindadian artists and theorists uniquely positioned to interpret and chronicle Minshall's 30-year creative arc and you have an indispensable doorway into understanding Carnival's essence and, by extension, Caribbean culture in general. Minshall himself offers eloquent commentary that verges at moments on the evangelical, yet offers critically sharp and insightful discourse.
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