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Mondo cane (1962)

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.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stefano Sibaldi Stefano Sibaldi ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rossano Brazzi ... Himself
Yves Klein Yves Klein ... Himself
Henning Skaarup Henning Skaarup ... (Danish Narrator)
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Storyline

Nominally a documentary, this film combines a number of unrelated sequences (both real and staged) -- including a South Pacific "cargo cult", the ritual slaughter of a bull, tribal dances and rituals, and a visit to an ornate pet cemetery -- all focused on the lurid, sensational, and eccentric. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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Recommended for Adults Only See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 March 1962 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales of the Bizarre: Rites, Rituals and Superstitions See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cineriz See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (re-release: 1970)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On March 13, 1961, following some shooting of the documentary in Las Vegas, writer-directors Paolo Cavara and Gualtiero Jacopetti and the film crew traveled to Los Angeles. One car contained Cavara, Jacopetti and Jacopetti's paramour, actress Belinda Lee (who was not in the picture), in addition to their Italian driver. Nearing San Bernardino on US 91, the speeding car lost control on a winding road and flipped after blowing a tire. Actress Lee, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car and died at the scene of a broken neck and fractured skull. The others escaped serious injury and taken to a Barstow hospital. Jacopetti suffered a broken leg. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: All the scenes you are about to see are real and were shot as they were taking place. If sometimes they seem cruel, it is only because cruelty abounds on this planet. And anyway, the duty of a reporter is not to make the truth seem sweeter, but to show things as they really are.
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Alternate Versions

A version released on VHS by GoodTimes Home Video circa 1990 is cut by roughly 15 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cette liberté de chien (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Ti guarderò nel cuore (More)
Music by Riz Ortolani & Nino Oliviero
Lyrics by Norman Newell
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misunderstood
22 July 2003 | by abxy6000See all my reviews

Although i cannot say that this was an especially good movie, I can say that you should not see it as an exploitation of other cultures, but as a view of the world from an indifferent point of view. Even though the film might have been made as a way of shocking viewers and making a profit, you should take from it the fact that what seems shocking or unusual by us can be of nature to others, and things we do in our everyday lives can seem shocking to others. i give it a 6/10.


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