Africa Blood & Guts: aka Africa Addio
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What the camera sees it films pitilessly, without sympathy, without taking sides, it begins. This film only says farewell to the old Africa and gives the world a picture of its agony. As colonialism collapsed in 1960s Africa, Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi rushed to the Dark Continent to record the horrifying battle for control that followed. Here was a world now ruled by rebels and refugees, plunderers and poachers, mercenaries and murderers, a land suddenly aflame with brutality, racism and unspeakable slaughter. At the risk of their own lives, the filmmakers cameras captured it all. The result is a daring and disturbing work that ranks among the greatest achievements in documentary cinema, an experience that remains as shocking and shockingly relevant as it was 40 years ago. This is AFRICA BLOOD AND GUTS!
Despite thunderous acclaim, worldwide controversy drove this masterpiece from American theaters shortly after its premiere. Some years later, U.S. distributors would remove over 45 minutes of political content and re-release it, a move that Prosperi and Jacopetti both disowned and despised. Blue Underground is proud to present this original 128-minute version of AFRICA BLOOD AND GUTS (aka AFRICA ADDIO), now fully restored for the first time.
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A Powerful, Potent Piece Of Cinematic Muckraking! -- DVD Verdict
An Accomplished Masterpiece Of Documentary Film-making That Has Rarely Been Bettered! -- Sex Gore Mutants
BOTH DANGEROUS AND IMPORTANT... Will Stick With You For Days To Come Whether You Want It To Or Not! --DVD Maniacs
GLORIOUS AND GRISLY... Anyone Who Fails To See It Will Miss One Of The Genuinely Superior Films In Motion Picture History! --The Saturday Review
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Just had to buy it now for reference, a real eye opener to the horrifying events happening in Africa in the early sixties.
Shame on the Pompous Brits that went and Lorded it over there, belittling the Africans and treating them like serfs.
Shame on the Africans that sought vengeance by torturing and slaying the innocent domestic animals and their own native wildlife animals.
But, and I mean but. This really happened.
I like it because it tells the truth. But it's viewing is not for everyone.
Certainly one for responsible parental guidance and advice.
Don't create systems and expectations that you can not control and maintain.
South Africa's should learn from this and start thinking about the expectations they are creating with the promise of nice farms, lots of money and all the social grants they are paying.
These systems only last till the rich people run out of money. Then it is Africa ADDIO
things are changed somewhat in parts of Africa where this was filmed but a lot remains sadly the same, this is still a powerful
document I recommend it !!
Here we see the horror of actual murder where dying is ungainly, awkward, and ugly. People lie fallen in unnatural positions, rigor mortis adding to the macabre deathscape, where bodies exhibit all phases of decomposition from bloody carcuses to skeletons whole and partial.
Animals also suffer these undignified deaths, and in their innocence appear helpless, sad, and bewildered as the greed of mankind destroys them to the point of extinction.
One must be calloused to watch this through without feeling depressed. It effected me philosophically as well and turned me to pondering the begged question of "why."
I came away feeling deeply grateful that I've been spared so many of the sorrows of man, but wondering for how long? Because this brutal and seemingly neutral expose makes one realize it isn't really a race or nation that holds these despicable qualities of character, but it seems inherent in the nature of man.
When need, greed, fear, and opportunity open a gateway to evil, fellow man seems to be ready to enter under any guise of justification.
That this film crew was able to get this quality a look at such intimate range took rare courage and commitment.
This is not Mayberry, so if you only choose to see life with happy endings better forego Africa Blood and Guts and turn on the Hallmark channel.
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Easy to now see what Barack Obama has in mind with his social reforms he is forcing on us!