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The Mondo Cane Collection (1966)

Cast: Frank Latimore, Franco E. Prosperi, Franco E. Prosperi, more...
Director: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco E. Prosperi, Gualtiero Jacopetti, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Blue Underground
Genre: Documentary, Mondo/Shockumentaries, Experimental/Avant-Garde, Erotica, Cult, Sexploitation
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
A three-year documentary odyssey through the bloody social upheaval of 1960s Africa, this film from the directors of Mondo Cane is just as unflinching as its predecessor in its visual catalogue of atrocities. Topics include the violent civil war in the Congo, the final days of colonial rule in Kenya, revolutions in Zanzibar and Angola, racial strife in Dar es Salaam, the Bahuti slaughter of the Rwandan Watusi, and the mass extermination of thousands of animals in game enclaves. The considerable political content was greatly reduced when exploitation maven Jerry Gross released the film in America in 1970 as Africa, Blood and Guts, a version running 37 minutes shorter than the original and emphasizing gore over historical perspective. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

The Mondo Cane Collection: Addio Zio Tom (Director's Cut) (1966)
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7.86 (22 votes)
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The Mondo Cane Collection: Africa Addio (Director's Cut) (1966)
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7.36 (22 votes)
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The Mondo Cane Collection: Africa Addio (English version) (1966)
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7.00 (6 votes)
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The Mondo Cane Collection: Goodbye Uncle Tom (English version) (1966)
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6.89 (19 votes)
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The Mondo Cane Collection: Mondo Cane (1966)
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5.51 (35 votes)
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The Mondo Cane Collection: Mondo Cane 2 (1966)
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6.00 (13 votes)
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The Mondo Cane Collection: The Godfathers of Mondo (1966)
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7.25 (16 votes)
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The Mondo Cane Collection: Women of the World (1966)
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5.82 (17 votes)
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Fool me once, shame on me by bakedpotato December 22, 2004 - 5:51 PM PST
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0 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Here is what I was thinking during the first few minutes of watching Mondo Cane: 'Ok....here we go....don't know anything about this movie besides the fact that it's titled "Mondo Cane"....I have no idea what that means....can't even remember why I put it in my queue....hmm, the disc menu says this will be "a startling and incredible movie."....I highly doubt that, but we'll see, weirder things have happened....uh oh, here's a disclaimer saying what I'm about to see is "true" and some gibberish about how "the duty of the chronicler is not to sweeten the truth but to report it objectively."....my BS detector just spiked....(The Narrator Speaks)....wait a second....I know that voice....but from where and in what capacity?....oh yeah! It's the same guy who told me Faces of Death was real....well then, now that I know my leg's being pulled, I can try and go with the flow.' Too bad the flow is neither "startling or incredible", just plain immature. - 2 Leaves: One leaf for the 2 or 3 beautiful shots the filmmakers do manage to capture, along with the experimental-accidential pictures in the Extras and one leaf for the bikini girls whose curves are definitely real.

Not quite bying it. by spalani October 18, 2004 - 11:50 PM PDT
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3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Well, it's an interesting film. Both compelling and pretty to look at. However: Realistic or authentic? I'm not buying it.

The scenes in which the animals are being killed are totally real. Everything else seems extremely staged, and badly. Watching the "male hunting" scene, the Australian "CPR" scene, the American "bug eating" scene, the Japanese "beef massaging" scene, I had a hard time beliving that any of it was real. Many (most? all?) of the people on screen are acting... It's possible that the film is basing itself on real events, but the presentation feels completly staged.

I think that the filmmakers set out to create an entertaining and exotic film. They definitely succeed, for a 1966 audience. In 2004, their film feels like a fun curiosity, but not a true journalistic effort (though the filmmaker's introduction to the film begs otherwise).

This film is worth watching. The cinematography, the editing, and the narration are all wortwhile. However, if you've read National Geographic or watched the Discovery Channel in the past 10 years, you'll have seen things equally shocking, and probably far more authenic than displayed in this film.

For example, notice the underwater scene purported to be an underwater graveyard in Malaysia. Hmm, only skulls and femurs (mostly skulls) occupy this graveyard. But perhaps most silly of all, the edge of the aquarium tank is visible when then narrator states that the sharks in those waters have become man eaters. Hoo-boy. Those sharks in tanks will defintely be keeping me awake in terror tonight....

Oddly enough, fans of mondo and horror will probably be somewhat bored. I overall enjoyed, but as a curiosity and as an important predecessor to modern reality cinema. Not particularly horrific, nor odd, nor disturbing to this modern viewer.

wow! by learyd August 15, 2004 - 12:47 PM PDT
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1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Never ever seen anything like it! Wow! I have been watched literally 100s of exploited movies, franco's, "cannibal's", shockumentaries, etc, and I have NEVER seen anything like this. Tough to watch almost as bad as the Japanese guinea pig movies. The music goes well. The movie picks up about halfway through and gets more and more intense. Especially the end. Scary s**t!

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