Africa Blood and Guts 2008 NR

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A shocking documentary on Africa in the stormy transition from Colonialism to independent statehood including explicit animal poaching and violence, executions and slaughter

Starring:
Sergio Rossi, Gualtiero Jacopetti
Runtime:
1 hour, 19 minutes

Product Details

Genres Documentary, Horror
Director Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi
Starring Sergio Rossi, Gualtiero Jacopetti
Supporting actors Julius Nyerere, Moise Tshombe, Ian Yule
Studio Synergy Ent
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on February 3, 2004
Format: DVD
Thanks to William Lustig and the friendly folks at Blue Underground, serious fans of cinematic weirdness can check out the numerous films of Franco Prosperi and Gualtiero Jacopetti. Who are Prosperi and Jacopetti, you ask? Good question. Before checking out this awesome eight disc limited edition set, I knew little about these two Italian filmmakers. I once heard about "Mondo Cane" years ago, but had never investigated further. Thanks to the voracious appetites awakened in the masses with the advent of DVD technology, I finally got the chance to acquaint myself with this film and the others that followed it. What an experience! The eight discs in the set consist of "Mondo Cane," "Mondo Cane 2," "Women of the World," "Africa Addio: The Director's Cut," "Africa Addio: English language version," "Goodbye Uncle Tom: English language version," "Addio Zio Tom: The Director's Cut," and an interview disc with the two directors created especially for this set called "The Godfathers of Mondo." So what does it all mean? According to these discs, the two filmmakers birthed a phenomenon that led directly to the current spate of reality-based media. Most of these films are documentary style epics showing our world--or at least how it looked back in the 1960s--in all of its bizarre and frivolous forms. "Mondo Cane," by the way, translates as "A Dog's World." An apt title when you see the films, to be sure.
Start your experience with "Mondo Cane," "Mondo Cane 2," and "Women of the World." These are the first three films made by the two moviemakers, and are arguably the quirkiest.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Roule Duke on November 10, 2003
Format: DVD
There is no denying the importance of the films of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi as they have influenced everything from hardcore horror films ie Cannibal Holocaust to broadcast news and the reality TV craze of today. Blue Underground in an ambitious move have put out this great 8 disc box set (limited to 10,000 copies) which should more than satisfy any mondo fan.
The first two discs are Mondo Cane and Mondo Cane 2. Mondo Cane is certainly a milestone and in fact this entire genre of "shocking documentaries" which where made by Euro filmmakers is better known as the 'mondo' genre. Essentially Mondo Cane is a strange journey into some of the more bizarre and macabre places with the camera voyeuristically witnessing all kinds of oddities and bringing them back for the curious viewer. Mondo Cane 2 continues this tradition. The third disc Women of the World is similar but all the footage is tied together by a common theme of the varied roles women play in different parts of the world.
The next 2 discs are the cut English language version of Africa Addio and the Italian language uncut version. Considered by many to be the greatest mondo doco of all time, the crew head of into Africa during it's transition from colonial control. While the majority of this focuses on the interactions of white and black and some long sequences on the fate of wildlife with laws protecting them diminished (countless animals are gunned down and speared in these scenes and hippos are dismembered) what sets this apart is the aftermath of several massacres caught on film. Later the crew hook up with a group of mercenaries (these nuts look as though they just walked of col. Kurtz's compound in 'Apocalypse Now') and go on a mission, filming a couple of executions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Max Fire on August 15, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When I was a child living in Africa there had always been this almost mythical rumor that a movie existed that chronicled the atrocities that happened when the Europeans left Africa. The movie was censored. Seeing it for myself, well all of the rumors didn't prepare me for what I saw.

These pioneers of shockumentary actually took the time and risked their lives to show what was happening in their world through a camera lens that never favored one side or the other. All of the DVDs in the 8 disk pack are thought provoking. Leaving you with a sense that what ever you do see (headlines or news) in our world may not be the entire story.

Unfortunately I think that these classics may be overshadowed by fake documentaries or ones where the director asks leading questions. This is not the case in the Mondo Cane Collection. The collection is a little pricey, but well worth the education.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mondo Vendo on May 7, 2005
Format: DVD
I love this set. It is well worth every penny I spent. I watched the Mondo Cane films when I was a teenager and really enjoyed them.

These are the original Mondo films. These sparked the entire Mondo shockumentary genre. Some other quality masterpieces such as Shocking Asia I and II to the prolific garbage fake mondo documentaries.

The poor reputation of the fake mondo documentary has caused the Mondo Cane series to be tarnished with this image. What was enjoyable is that everything in Mondo Cane is real. The only things staged were still true but needed to fix other footage that was lacking and it was kept to an extreme minimum.

I had only heard of Mondo Cane I and II when I bought this but the other films are great surpise finds. Women of the World is a documentary done basically the same as the Mondo Canes.

Africa Addio is quite literally one of the greatest documentaries ever made. It is about the changes in Africa during the time when the British left. It spans the light-hearted of the calm of South Africans jumping on trampolines to showing dead bodies scattered in other African countries.

You see poacher's warehouses literally with football fields of elephant tusks stored in rows on the floor. You also see piles of human hands that occured in war atrocities. It is quite an honest documentary that shows what others would choose not to.

Goodbye Uncle Tom is an extremely graphic drama made to be as if it was a real documentary during slavery times. There is tons of full nudity male and female and extremely graphic things depicted I won't describe here. Jacopetti and Prosperi made this to fight charges that they were rascists which they were accused of regarding Africa Addio. (Why Im Not Sure).
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