The Man Who Bought Mustique

At age 73, Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner of Scotland, revisits the tiny Caribbean island of Mustique, which he's in the rather uncomfortable position of having once famously owned. Documentary director Joseph Bullman and producer Vikram Jayanti employ the usual mix of archival material and contemporary footage and the usual devices to elicit information (Tennant leafs through scrapbooks shown in close-up, delivering practiced anecdotes about people richer and more famous than he is; Tennant leads a tour of the island, a celebrity hideaway, and points out such monuments to capitalism as Tommy Hilfiger's home). This would all be deadly boring if the filmmakers hadn't lost control of the film: in scenes that couldn't be more volatile if they'd been scripted, their patronizing, dictatorial subject, who's preparing to host an exotic luncheon for a vaunted royal friend, criticizes in detail the work of his many assistants, an obsequious lot that expands to include his biographers. 78 min.

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