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.
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.
Repulsive, vile, disgusting, upsetting and at times even nauseating. This movie travels into the realm of the unimaginable. After seeing a film like this, it is hard to sit down and eat a meal. Despite its graphic images of actual events and occurrences that to this day still take place, this movie is nothing short of GENIUS. The title Mondo Cane' aka, A Dog's World is the ideal label for this movie. I see this film not only as a documentary of varying cultures, but I also embrace it as an in depth, philosophical look into the madness of the human psyche and as a true living satire on the imperfections of human nature. I whole-heartedly recommend Mondo Cane' to anyone studying philosophy, film, psychiatry, or world customs and religious rituals, etc. Though this is a great motion picture I would not advocate its viewing to those who are squeamish or easily offended, as many scenes can be quite unpleasant (not an overstatement). I give it a 10 out of 10!
One of the greatest documentaries of all time.
Beautiful, Gruesome, Delightful, Depressing, Funny, Serious. This is just a small description of what Mondo Cane is like. This ground breaking documentary can be called the first of the "shocumentaries" and the one that started them all. With a beautiful Academy Award winning score by the very under rated composer Riz Ortolani Mondo Cane is documentary film making at it's most unique.
Dog Eat Dog
Etapic documentary.Necropsy of modern world.First shoot of shokumentary we can see at Dziga Vertov's "Chelovek s kino-apparatom"(1929).This film was manifesto for Truth in cinema(see outspoken frame of delivery in that movie).After more then thirteen years lessons of( ") truth (for 24frames in second" )not forgotten.Italian filmmakers made great invention to add horror to documentary .It was not only commercial movement for fashion but widening of expression's resources .On screen:mad from fat rich men eating the insects.Another madmen organized cemetery with crypts for there pets.Awful drunkards , crazy modern art , fanatics,death...And wild tribe, which bow to airplane - curved smile in the end of the film.
The original shockumentary
Death has always interested people. How could it not? We fear it, yet can't turn away from it. The popular video series FACES OF DEATH just proves how death fascinates people. While the FACES OF DEATH videos and all of the following cash-in videos were for the most part faked, MONDO CANE was made 20 years earlier and is all real. For 1963, MONDO CANE was a huge moneymaker for all the right reasons.
While FACES OF DEATH was made to shock, MONDO CANE was made to educate. MONDO CANE is a highly entertaining documentary. Starting out with a Rudolph Valentino look-alike contest in Spain, the film escalates into a series of vignettes showing tribal rituals in Africa, bizarre forms of art, religious acts, beautiful island paradises, the strange ways of nature, and other "different" aspects of culture. This film is completely entertaining and it is packed full of information little-known by Americans. Some footage is cruel. The film crew stands back as a giant female sea turtle affected by nuclear power goes inland instead of back to sea and is fried by the sun. Catholics rub their legs with broken glass, natives beat pigs to death for a massive feast, and a Chinese restaurant serves dogs, plus more unbelievable sequences. This is a must-see for anyone interested in the nuances of human nature.
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