"The camera strips woman right down to her skin," proclaimed the ads,"...lays bare the secrets of her mind and body!" Using outtakes from MONDO CANE as their foundation, Directors Gualtiero... See full summary »
Candide, lovelorn youth and eternal seeker from the pages of Voltaire's immortal classic novel, finds himself thrown out of an entirely comfortable castle after his affection for the ... See full summary »
Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by ... See full summary »
Ross McElwee Jr.
Late at night, a woman is kidnapped by an unknown assailant and taken back to his blood-spattered dungeon, where he turns her into a "flower of blood and flesh" through a series of dismemberment and evisceration.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
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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A version released on VHS by GoodTimes Home Video circa 1990 is cut by roughly 15 minutes. See more »
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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