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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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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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All The Scenes You Will See In This Film Are True And Taken Only From Life...If Often They Are Shocking It Is Because There Are Many Astounding, Even Unbelievable Things In This World See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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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 Mondo Trasho (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Ti guarderò nel cuore (More)
Music by Riz Ortolani & Nino Oliviero
Lyrics by Norman Newell
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seems quaint 40+ years later
5 November 2003 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

I recently picked up the "Mondo Cane collection" from Blue Underground. Seeing Mondo Cane for the first time, I was surprised to see how downright quaint it all seems. I'm sure it shocked people when it was first released, but, and maybe I'm jaded in saying this, it just felt like a slightly risque National Geographics episode. One sequence DID scare me though. Was it the decapitated bulls? NOPE. Was it the Chinese eating dog? new i know that happens. Right now you're thinking "What the heck can be so shocking??!!?" Well it was the segment of those old ladies exercising, all those blubbering wrinkly behinds... *shudders*

My Grade: B-

DVD Extras: 3 theatrical trailers (English, Italian & Usa); Radio spot; Poster and stills gallery; Location gallery; Lobby promo (5 minutes); & an essay on the Mondo phenomenon


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