Moustapha Alassane

Scen.: Moustapha Alassane. F.: Moustapha Alassane. M.: Philippe Luzuy. Mus.: Amelonlon Enos. Int.: Souna Boubakar (John Kelly), Maiga Djingarey (Jimi), Moussa Harouna (Casse-Tout), Yacouba Ibrahim (Black Cooper), Abdou Nani (Billy Walter), Souley Zalika (Reine Christine). Prod.: IFAN (Niamey), Consortium Audiovisuel International DCP. D.: 34’. Col.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Le Retour d’un aventurier handles the question of cultural invasion in a manner likely to be misunderstood by the African and the American ‘masses’, but a manner certainly understood by concerned people. The fact that the adventurer brings back guns, instruments of destruction and death, indicates the poisonous nature of ‘borrowed robes’. Western ‘civilization’ has proved to be a little too expensive for human life. In Africa it has brought with it atoms of cultural wreck, separating the so-called ‘educated’ from their own people, teaching them how to cheat and rob others in a subtle way commonly misnamed ‘hard work’. The fact that Moustapha Alassane uses the ‘Westerner’ to illustrate his point is only too relevant in the sense that in the ‘Westerner’ one is a hero by virtue of his ability to live at the expense of others. He kills in the guise of protecting somebody else from danger, but in the final analysis, this proves to be an act of selfishness, at this somebody else always becomes his follower, his possession. In an African context nothing is more abominable.

Wilson Mativo, Cultural Dilemma of the African Film, “Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies”, vol. 1, n. 3, Winter 1971

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Restored in 4K in 2019 by CNC, in collaboration with Institut français and Argos Films at L’Image Retrouvée laboratory from the original 16mm negative