Affair in Trinidad – A Film Review

Affair in Trinidad was the 1952 comeback vehicle for the Hollywood sex symbol and actress Rita Hayworth. She had spent 4 years away from the big screen because of her marriage to Prince Ali Khan. But when that marriage ended Hayworth needed to make her return in a big way.
Affair in Trinidad is a film noir that reunites Hayworth with most of the principals from her last big hit the movie Gilda, including her leading man Glenn Forde. It is a desperate move and it shows.
The plot is paper thin. Hayworth is Chris Emery, a nightclub performer whose husband is found dead. It soon becomes clear that he was murdered. The police have a suspect, the millionaire Max Fabian, and Chris is drafted to help them find the proof. Unbeknownst to her, her late husband had invited his brother to the island with the promise of a job. Steve Emery (Glenn Forde) arrives in Trinidad to find his brother dead under suspicious circumstances and begins his own investigation of the matter.
The acting is dated, and very stylised. The opening scene features a most casual conversation over Neil’s body.
And while the movie was filmed in Trinidad, you see very little of the island. It very well could have been set anywhere.
The racial politics of the time feature throughout. People of colour are part of the scenery, they are incidental to action, except for Dominique. Played by Juanita Moore, Dominique is Chris’ housekeeper, and while she is clearly what Spike Lee would refer to as the movie’s ‘magical negro’, she gets quite a few of some of the movie’s most memorable lines. And that brings us to this film’s saving grace, it is an extremely quotable movie. A friend described it as throwing more shade than the Northern Range.
It is also a very feminist movie. Chris is the goddess all men want to worship, but she is very ready to put them in their place when they get out of hand. In that she is matched by Dominique who had to set Steve right when he loses his manners around his brother’s widow. Chris is also sexual without apology. The other unapologetically sexual woman in the film is Valerie Bettis’ Veronica Huebling, a film vixen if there ever was one.
Affair in Trinidad is deeply flawed film that still manages to be very entertaining. It is tremendously quotable and it is one that will have you talking long after the credits have ended.
It gets it 3 stars out of 5.
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Jamaican Film Industry Needs Help

A report by Shereita Grizzle for Jamaica’s Gleaner. Jamaican actress, director and producer, Sherando Cupid-Ferril, has her sights set on helping to move Jamaica’s film industry to a place where it can actively compete on the international market. Speaking with The Sunday Gleaner, in a recent interview, the popular personality explained that the country’s industry has […]

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#TTFF16 Ends, Here are the Winners

JURY PRIZES

BEST FEATURE FILM–NARRATIVE

TT$12,500 / Sponsored by The National Gas Company
In competition:
Antes Que Cante El Gallo (Before the Rooster Crows)-Arí Manuel Cruz, Puerto Rico-WINNER
El Acompañante (The Companion) – Pavel Giroud, Cuba
Esteban-Jonal Cosculluela, Cuba
Play the Devil-Maria Govan, Trinidad+Tobago, The Bahamas, the USA
The Cutlass-Darisha Beresford, Trinidad+Tobago

BEST FEATURE FILM–DOCUMENTARY
TT$12,500 / Sponsored by The National Gas Company
In competition:
Se Bondye vie Yuli (God Willing Yuli)- Jean Jean,Haiti/Dominican Republic-WINNER
Make Mine Country-Ian Berry,St.Lucia
Diva:Enemy of the People-Tony Oldham, St.Lucia

BEST SHORT FILM–NARRATIVE

TT$7,500 / Sponsored by The National Gas Company
In competition:
Carapazón/Shell-Joa Vidal, Cuba- WINNER
SO.C13.TY-Khris Burton, Martinique
Nightmare Before Wedding-Orain-Chomaud Fabienne, Guadeloupe
Lost Boy-Aisha Porter-Christie, Jamaica
Rico-Lynda D’Alexis, Guadeloupe

BEST SHORT FILM–DOCUMENTARY
TT$7,500 / Sponsored by The National Gas Company
In competition:
Iceberg-Juliana Gómez, Cuba- WINNER
Blessed Love-Kra Kouassi, Guadeloupe
Welcoming Arms-Rosanne Ma, Bermuda
H20 -Clish Gittens, Barbados

BEST T+T FEATURE FILM
Trip to Regional Festival/Market
Sponsored by The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (FilmTT)
In competition:
The Cutlass – Darisha Beresford + Play The Devil – Maria Govan – JOINT WINNERS
Tomb – Nicholas Attin
Sanskara – Christopher Din Chong

BEST T+T SHORT FILM – NARRATIVE
Trip to Regional Festival/Market
Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company
In competition:
Sweat-Josiah Persad- WINNER
Redman-Jared Prima
Dream Seller-Shane Lee Kit

BEST T+T SHORT FILM – DOCUMENTARY
Trip to Regional Festival/Market
Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company
In competition:
Who I say I Am- Amir Aether Valen Ali- WINNER
The Dying Swan: Ras Nijinsky in drag as Pavlova – Christopher Laird
How We Play with Fire – Desiree Sampson
Living Without You – Anna-Lisa Wickham

BEST FILM AS DECIDED BY A YOUTH JURY
TT$5,000 / Sponsored by COSTAATT
In competition:
Play The Devil-Maria Govan, Trinidad+Tobago, The Bahamas, the USA-WINNER
Battledream Chronicles-Alain Bidard, Martinique
Antes Que Cante El Gallo (Before the Rooster Crows) – Arí Manuel Cruz, Puerto Rico
Ixcanul-Jayro Bustamente, Guatemala
Mustang-Deniz Gamze-Ergüven, France
Mountains May Depart -Zia Zhange, China
Presos (Imprisoned) -Esteban Ramirez, Costa Rica

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE
TT$5,000
In competition:
Se Bondye vie Yuli (God Willing Yuli) Jean Jean, Haiti/Dominican Republic-WINNER
Antes que Cante el Callo (Before the Rooster Crows) Arí Manuel Cruz, Puerto Rico
El Acompañante (The Companion) Pavel Giroud, Cuba

UNITED NATIONS T+T AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER
TT$5,000
In competition:
Amir Aether Valen Ali-Who I Say I Am-WINNER
Desiree Sampson-How We Play With Fire
Jamie Lee Loy-Super Me
Dylan Quesnel-Small Change
Kyle Sahadeo-The Absentee

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
TT$5,000 each / Sponsored by Flow

BEST FEATURE FILM – NARRATIVE: THE CUTLASS – Darisha Beresford
BEST FEATURE FILM–DOCUMENTARY: LANDFILL HARMONIC – Brad Allgood + Graham Townsley
BEST SHORT FILM: SWEAT-Josiah Persad

RBC FOCUS: FILMMAKERS’ IMMERSION PITCH WINNER
TT$20,000 / Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
Juliette McCawley, Avalon

CARIBBEAN FILM MART BEST PROJECT AWARD JOINT WINNERS

6 month consultation from international film industry professional Sydney Levine of SydneysBuzz
Karen Martinez, Scattered + Sonja Dumas, Angels Living in Tunapuna