Rags-to-riches story (letter)by Neville SayersNews Weekly
, November 14, 2009
I disagree with Ian H. McDougall's contention, in his review of the film, Mao's Last Dancer
, October 31), that Li Cunxin "must understand that this movie is an implicit endorsement of a dictatorship that continues to rule through repression and terror".
I do not object to the contention that there is repression and terror in his country of birth, but I cannot see that Li would endorse any aspect of the regime.
Having seen Li dance with the Australian Ballet, I read the book on which this film was based as soon as it was published. It did not occur to me, either when I read the book or saw the film, that Li had any sympathy for the regime.
I would not like to think that anyone would be put off seeing the film as a consequence of implied "criticism" of it. I found it a moving film.Neville Sayers,
Hampton North, Vic.