AKA: A Dog’s Life; Tales of the Bizarre: Rites, Rituals and Superstitions
Directed by: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara, Franco Prosperi
Language: Italian (Eng Subs)
Genres: Documentary, Gruesome, Religion, Violence Against-Animals, Insects-Small Animals, Self-Harm
Plot – Spoilers:
In 1962, a work was put out that was so staggeringly spectacular, it invented a genre – Mondo or the shockumentary.
Mondo Cane is made up of disconnected vignettes from around the world. The primary purpose is to shock. But not so much with the content. Rather, to contrast the so-called savages against the western world, while drawing parallels. Things that are held precious in one culture are eaten or despised in another. The humour is dark and cynical and the voiceover at best, sarcastic. All of this set against spectacular music.
Mondo Cane is a truly effedup film. Sure, there’s enough stuff in here to shock even an internet-raised viewer. But it’s effedup more because – through its contempt for the human species, it’ll remind you how narrow your world, views and morality is.
Almost every moment of this could count as a favorite one, but the one that really jolts is the sight of the tribesmen receiving Catholic Communion in a makeshift church.