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Zumbalah (1975)
"Ultime grida dalla savana" (original title)

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A notorious mondo film depicting unbelievable and bizarre rituals, animal killing and cruelty, and people being killed and eaten, all by either animals or humans against each other or themselves.

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Here's a National Geographic style documentary that's alternately exploitive and informative. The film presents a wide variety of ways that humans interact with nature. It depicts the actual footage of a careless man (Pit Dernitz) leaving the safety of his car to film lions close up and ends up being their dinner. Other highlights include natives humping the ground in hopes of bringing life to the land, various big game hunting and last but not least naked hippies. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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animal | ritual | mondo film | cruelty | mondo | See more »

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See a man torn apart and eaten alive by lions while his family watches in horror See more »


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September 1981 (USA)  »

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Savage Temptation  »

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| (cut) | (heavily cut)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The tribe that is shown jumping up and down naked is identified as the Lobi. However, in Climati and Morra's later film, Sweet and Savage (1983), the same footage is used, but the tribe is called the Mashoni. Whichever name is correct has yet to be determined. See more »

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The closing credits say "The producers are grateful to: Alitalia, for the generous collaboration in trasporting our crews and their equipment". (The word "transporting" is spelled incorrectly) See more »

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Narrator: [directly before lions attack a tourist] This sequence is part of the evidence examined by the court in a lawsuit brought by the heirs of the victim against an insurance company.
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Edited into Sweet and Savage (1983) See more »

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For You and Me
Music by Carlo Savina
Lyrics by Gilbert Kaplan
Sung by Gilbert Kaplan
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Mishmashed by censors, interesting collages of a realistic data from worldwide.
3 March 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

What I like in this doco is a volume of realistic data rarely seen somewhere else.

DVD I own accomplishes 88 min of 94 minutes a full version presents, and some film scenes are really cut short with censoring in "a free speech world", leaving more to viewer's imagination than it was probably supposed by producers themselves.

With knowledge of a subject and respect, a natural beauty of hunters' bodies have been depicted while broadening viewers' knowledge of a rough reality of a world existing in different time/space dimensions on the Earth simultaneously to civilised digitally-equipped one, by screening a variety of traditional indigenous African rituals, much more logical and cognitive with environment than outdoor copulating of the educated Westerners during youth gatherings.

A scene of annihilating "primitives" of Amazon is uselessly censored perhaps as shoving a member cut off might really emphasised a notion of this work, which is, as understood, convincing in "devil beneath" that is in killing ground of a human nature although lacquered upon the history with challenging laws and orders but well preserved and easily demonstrated on demand of circumstances requiring.

A must to have on a shelf.


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