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Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971)

Addio zio Tom (original title)
Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade.
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Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade.

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DECAMERONE NERO's German DVD has a Super-8mm version of "Goodbye Uncle Tom", (German audio only) as a special feature on the disc. See more »

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questo film e un documentario. I fatti sono storicamente avvenuti ed i personaggi sono realmente esistiti. Which translates loosely to: This film is a documentary. The facts historically have happened and the persons really exist. See more »

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America is far from producing anything like this
8 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The following brief critique of "Farewell Uncle Tom" is meant only to inspire you to see it based not on it's greatness as a film (which it was not) but it's greatness as an experiment. This film succeeded in its attempt to portray the truth about the slave trade in the States. Do not be surprised if it leaves you speechless. Once you gather your thoughts and sift through the realizations that this film will wake up within you, will you be more aware of your social environment?

This Italian-made film is an enigma. It will open your mind by horrifying you. It will leave you questioning your taste in film and your sense of values. At the end, the film's flaws show through in violence meant only as artificial shock value. Considering the attempt at realism of this fake documentary, unnecessary nudity and violence is an understatement. This is typical of Mondo cinema.

When taking American History into account, nothing is black or white. We all know who wrote it, yet we depend on a learned sense to guide us to what is right. How do we prove how bad the slave trade was if we only acknowledge that it was bad. Before accepting something as bad, shouldn't we ask "How bad?" Imagine the not so distant past brought to life. The truth is that it was bad enough that we should still be enraged by it (regardless of our external skin color).

Color was such an important factor in determining social rank. This point is something we must constantly remind ourselves of. It made the difference between being treated like a human or an animal. Expect to see repetitive examples of this. To illustrate another point about social rank we can consider using the colors Green and Blue: If we assign Green to the wealthy slave owners and Blue to the enslaved people, let's follow with the assumption that those Green people wouldn't give up power just because they wake up to a realization one day. But what if both Greens and Blues simultaneously realized how wrong it was to forbid a human's free will. In that time and place, the thought if confronted by either color (on a personal level) would have been dismissed almost immediately. Our ultimate human flaw must be our inability to confront the truth effectively. Conceptually though, most of us today are slaves (economically speaking). The separating factor is not color as much as it was. But now what do we do with our limited freedom together? How long will the invisible chains hold us back? Even if a socio-political change happens over night, wouldn't a power struggle exist on a personal level generations beyond initial independence?

If history is flawed then perhaps it's not just the history books, but also the people who interpret them. This film should be viewed by anyone with a strong stomach seeking the truth. There is no tasteful coating, glossy package, or nastiness filter by the filmmakers. Be prepared.


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