Mondo Cane 1 & 2
Did I ever say I will not review mondos? Yes, so I won’t.
But I should let the world know that I watched Mondo Cane 1 and 2 this week, and even though both are kinda boring and obviously suck for being mondos alone, I wish to share my fever thoughts.
There is no real need to discuss the content. From totally senseless to actually perverse, every bad side of mankind is featured. Of course it takes a disturbed mind and a tendency for both voyerism and mistanthopy to watch it. I don’t know what it takes to like it, but that isn’t the point anyways. One will doom mondos for being so close to snuff (or even real snuff; as in Mondo Cane 2); the next one will be fascinated by this fact. I belong to the second group.
While the high society absurdity and the “civilized world” insights are clearly nothing but pitiful these days, they probably had a certain impact in the release years. But what mondos show about the “uncivilized” parts of the world and the destruction brought to the planet, nature and animal population by the civilized nations still has this effect in 2009.
Effects of nuclear tests and industrial polution, uncensored. The “white man” exploiting native tribes, uncensored. Evidence of slavery. Civil war. Bizarre religious rituals – not just somewhere in New Guinea, no. In “civil” countries. Italy. Spain. Portugal.
There is way too much featured to comment everything, so I will just pick some examples.
A tribe in South America; robbed of its real belief by Christian missionaries. Out in nowhere, with nothing but rain forest and the mission around, the natives witness the landing of supply planes. And having no other gods left, they start to worship them – build plane idols from wood, waiting every night for one of the “god birds” to discover them, land there and bring messages from the ancestors.
A tribe in a desert in Africa – American help organisations sent them 300 cows, to a region where these animals were completely unknown. Some years later, only a few cows are left. And the tribe does nothing but dive for sea weed from the only lake around, because there is nothing else the cows can eat.
Obsessed believers, celebrating a ritual in Italy – robbing through the village on bleeding knees, to show their love for god.
A desert tribe, having nothing to eat but crocodile flesh – which makes the men infertile. In 30 years, only one child has been born. The tribe will extinct within a few decades.
An asian village, where 90 % of the inhabitants are crippled by sharks – the only way for them to earn money and survive is shark fishing, because the crippled will find no other work.
All this was filmed in 1963. And I wonder, what would a mondo from 2009 show?