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A Fool's World (1964)

Mondo balordo (original title)
Documentary showing perverse and aberrant behavior from around the globe, including such things as sex slavery, dwarf love, Asian brothels and lesbians.


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Shocking images from around the world. The sketches are: Strange characters' gallery, a dwarf singer, bodybuilders, English women in a gymnasium, desert Bedouins, election of a Miss Pullover, Hong Kong nightclub, Japanese photo-models for rent and photo magazines, elephant hunting, an exorcism in India, compulsive smokers, a coca plantation, Chinese houses, the rain miracle, Jehovah Witnesses, the Berlin Wall, the Napoles Wall, smugglers, compulsive lottery players, an eye deficiency, the last of the Valentino clones, southerners' needs, via Margutta in Rome, luxury pet dogs, similarities between animals, Arab hair-stylists, American natives, a marriage of American natives, macumba session and choir, Romeo and Juliet in Borneo, Jamaican home, a marriage of convenience, Chinese district, German beer-house, mad people, the Marlene cult, Berlin nightclub, Luna Park attractions, a camping for foreign ladies, London by night, clandestine affairs in Rimini, a fake woman tourist, Sicilian ... Written by Artemis-9

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Boris Karloff unlocks man's oldest secrets and exposes the hidden intimate shocking scenes of love... around Our Crazy World! See more »







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1964 (Japan)  »

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A Fool's World  »

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Edited into Twisted Sex Vol. 17 (1998) See more »

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Tame but often oddly watchable and bizarre mondo flick
9 March 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Mondo Balordo" is a typical and campy mondo flick from the 1960s. If you're unfamiliar with this short lived but influential subgenre of exploitation filmmaker, I'll, err, enlighten you. Mondo films were a series of mostly staged "documentaries" that were extremely popular in Italy at the time. Spawned by the massive worldwide success of "Mondo Cane", they were a series of fake scenes from around the world that showed the bizarreness of other cultures. They died out quickly, but can be seen as the forefathers of "Faces of Death". While incredibly politically incorrect and probably offensive to non-exploitation fans, I often find them entertaining somewhat for how gonzo they can get. "Mondo Balordo" is one of the tamer entries into the brief fad, but its watchable if you've seen "Mondo Cane" and enjoyed it.

This time around, the bizarre scenes are narrated by Boris Karloff who manages to uphold some degree of dignity despite the lowly nature of the project he is involved with. His voice is elegant no matter how grotesque and exploitive the on-screen occurrences are. These include midget mambo singers, secret lesbian societies, wife swapping, and Japanese bondage. Ooh, shocking! Despite the politically incorrect nature of the project, its so dumb I wasn't really offended. The only time I actually was disgusted was the occasional animal slaughter (a hallmark of the mondo film), but the rest of the movie is enjoyably colorful and campy like you'd expect from Something Weird Video. (5/10)

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