Mondo Cane (1963)
This documentary takes an ironic and satirical look at unusual practices throughout the world. Scenes range from children polishing the bones and skulls of cadavers in a Roman catacomb to the certain death of people trapped on a doomed island. Thought provoking comparisons illustrate the difference between animals behaving like people and people behaving like animals.
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Critic Reviews for Mondo Cane
A quasi-documentary best remembered for the beautiful theme song "More."
average cinemagoers will be confused and bored, while shock seekers will come away deeply disappointed
The quintessential mondo film.
Audience Reviews for Mondo Cane
1962 "shockumentary" that's lost a little of it's pop over the years but still stands up as bizarre entertainment. The intent was to attract western audiences with an odd mix of unusual customs, cuisine, and curios. There's a woman suckling a piglet, a tribe that worships airplanes, people eating dogs, people eating snakes, sea turtles dying of radiation exposure, fishermen torturing sharks, the list goes on and on. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to make a film like this today (thanks to political correctness and PETA). How ironic that this film about oddities has become an oddity itself.More
Love it or Hate it, I liked the fresh idea but disliked the commercial advertising of the film. It's interesting to learn about the mysticism in ItalyMore
I hope I'm not sick for saying so but this film is really hilarious. I think it's a great comment on western society which is where all comedy of the film comes from. There are some astonishing things that happen in it too and it's a curiosity because of it's odd documentary 60s feel.More
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