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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

Credited cast:
Rossano Brazzi ... Himself
Yves Klein Yves Klein ... Himself
Stefano Sibaldi Stefano Sibaldi ... Narrator (voice)
Henning Skaarup Henning Skaarup ... (Danish Narrator)
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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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It enters a hundred incredible worlds where the camera has never gone before! 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:

Mondo Cane No. 1 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

Mentioned in Christopher Hitchens' book "God is not Great", for the cargo cults. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Medium Cool (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Ti guarderò nel cuore (More)
Music by Riz Ortolani & Nino Oliviero
Lyrics by Norman Newell
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Bizarre mix of the amusing, disgusting and disturbing. Still powerful after 25 years!
13 February 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

Watching "Mondo Cane" some 25 years after it originally shocked cinema audiences, I still found myself experiencing a variety of emotions. Despite the dated presentation (in many ways, this actually enhances the weirdness of the whole experience), the film still packs a mild punch, even to this jaded viewer.

A combination of the amusing (would-be actors posing themselves for the camera and geriatric Hollywood residents working out on a variety of unusual equipment), the sad (turtles on a radioactive Bikini beach, having lost their ability to find water, head away from the sea and into the scorching sand and certain death) and the shocking (animal cruelty including bull fighting) results in a powerful cocktail.

The cynical, xenophobic narrator delivers a witty commentary while the proceedings unfold on the screen.

Superbly edited and scored, this is definitely a different viewing experience. A journey into bizarreville; 7 out of 10.


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