Friday, August 13, 2010

Mondo cane (1962)

Paolo Cavara and Gualtiero Jacopetti


Mondo Cane examines the ridiculous and cruel aspects of mankind, recording an abundance of evidence across the global spectrum from the most developed to the most primitive cultures. This film kicked off the "shockumentary" genre, but generally its many sequels and imitators were simply exploitational and lacked the pointed purposefulness of the original. While Mondo Cane's "shock value" has faded over the years, the movie's striking cinematography and poetically sardonic viewpoint make it uniquely effective.


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