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Congolaise (1950)
"Savage Africa" (original title)

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The expedition that shot this film was sponsored by the French Government and the Museum of Man, for the purpose of making a lasting record of the native tribes in French Equatorial Africa,... See full summary »

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The expedition that shot this film was sponsored by the French Government and the Museum of Man, for the purpose of making a lasting record of the native tribes in French Equatorial Africa, and the USA had nothing to do with except show the film that was shot by the French expedition, and edited into an exploitation stinker. The expedition members consisted of a group of young French scientists. The resulting film that was taken from the extensive day-to-day footage, was chopped down to about only 68 minutes (USA time) and, while there may be unseen and untold thousands of feet on this film at the Museum of Man, the exploitation-type film that resulted was lots of native nudity, a badly-photographed gorilla hunt and the dissection of animals by the natives. Tagged by the producers as a Documentary (to get by the nudity), it got MPPA approval and code seal number 14460. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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17 April 1950 (USA)  »

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Mildly interesting look at late 1940s Congo
7 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Marginally interesting bit of history, this black-and-white documentary of the French Ogowe-Congo Mission, which lasted three years, including fourteen months of observation in Africa, "the dark continent, which has always intrigued man."

Pygmy villages, pirogues, and jungle life are shown, with narration added in - and distracting overdubbed chanting and drumming. But to present this as silent footage with just a narrative would have been even less involving. Ideally, to have footage shown with its original soundtrack would have helped greatly.

As it is, the film is a curio, a look at central Africa in the late 1940s, its "violence, and majestic beauty," of interest probably only to people with an interest in the history of the Congo. All others will lose interest quickly.


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