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30 March 1962 (Italy) See more »
All The Scenes You Will See In This Film Are True And Taken Only From Life...If Often They Are Shocking It Is Because There Are Many Astounding, Even Unbelievable Things In This World See more »
A "shockumentary" consisting of a collection of mostly real archive footage displaying mankind at its most depraved and perverse, displaying bizarre rites, cruel behavior and bestial violence. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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" Behold, the best of the worse. Isn't that what the world desires more of? " See more (54 total) »


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Rossano Brazzi ... Himself
Yves Klein ... Himself
Stefano Sibaldi ... Narrator (voice)
Henning Skaarup ... (Danish Narrator)

Directed by
Paolo Cavara 
Gualtiero Jacopetti 
Franco Prosperi  (as Franco E. Prosperi)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paolo Cavara 
Gualtiero Jacopetti 

Produced by
Gualtiero Jacopetti .... producer
Angelo Rizzoli .... producer
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
Cinematography by
Antonio Climati 
Benito Frattari 
Film Editing by
Gualtiero Jacopetti 
Sound Department
Frederick Ridgard .... sound recordist

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Also Known As:
"Mondo Cane No. 1" - USA (reissue title)
"Tales of the Bizarre: Rites, Rituals and Superstitions" - USA (video box title)
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108 min | UK:91 min (cut) | USA:97 min (re-release: 1970)
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 (cut) | France:U (original rating) | Italy:VM18 | Norway:16 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:R (original rating: 1962) | UK:X (re-rating) (1963) (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf) (w)

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The film was initially rejected for UK cinema and only passed in 1963 after 14 minutes of cuts with heavy edits to the animal killings, scenes showing German drug addicts, and the killing of a man by a bull.See more »
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Referenced in Cette liberté de chien (2007) (V)See more »
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" Behold, the best of the worse. Isn't that what the world desires more of? ", 30 January 2009
Author: thinker1691 from USA

This planet which many humans believe is theirs, has so many mysterious aspects that when a cinematic camera and light are turned on it, are interestingly illuminated like the elusive creatures of the night. A world traveler may go seeking the strange, the unusual, the bizarre and occasionally the forbidden and often find much more than he bargained for. That is what the film "Mondo Cane" is all about. It is a black collection of the many unusual parts of our strange world. The film travels around the globe seeking out the odd customs of various people and offers them up as interesting fare to the ambivalent traveler, the timidly interested and the curiously morbid. In each country visited, we find that what one nation finds disgusting, another finds tolerable. One nation offers up unusual human sexual practices, which another country often finds offensive, tasteless and guttural. Animals in one country are revered, honored and treated as royalty. Yet in a neighboring nation, these same beasts are prepared as special delicacies fit for consumption. Women, boys and pain seeking parishioners are accepted as sacrificial fodder. Viewers are treated to the world's most primitive customs and often as not we see ourselves at the very depth of depravity and learn it is not polite to stare, which we do anyway. A frightening movie, but one which reveals more about us than we care to know. Still, one cannot turn away without wanting to see 'MORE' which happens to be the Theme Song of this same picture. ****

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