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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton

Mon­sieur Cho­co­lat (M) Mon­sieur Cho­co­lat is a be­guil­ing re­minder of the ways in which com­edy de­vel­oped in the 20th cen­tury. This ac­com­plished film os­ten­si­bly deals with the rise and fall of the first black clown, Rafael Padilla (Omar Sy). I was bowled over by the per­for­mance of James Thier­ree, who plays Tony Grice, aka Footit, the white clown whose part­ner­ship with Padilla’s Mon­sieur Cho­co­lat made them both fa­mous. Mon­sieur Cho­co­lat is vis­ually hand­some and for the most part thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing. It’s a bit painful to­day to laugh at the hu­mil­i­a­tion of a Ne­gro, which is the ba­sis of the com­edy, but the film acts as a re­minder as to how in­grained racism was in those days. The big­otry, which has Cho­co­lat fre­quently de­picted on posters as an ape, is dis­tress­ing: racial equal­ity has pro­gressed a long way, though still not enough.

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