Mondo Cane Movie Review

"Cannibal's macabre tribal rituals, pig killing in New Guinea, dog eating on Taipei, blood rites of secular Italian Catholics!"

Never mind the cannibals: There's Catholics in this movie!?

Kidding aside, Mondo Cane (literally Life of a Dog) was once a notorious documentary and a forerunner of Faces of Death, which would arrive 16 years later. But putting aside the shocking box cover, Mondo is awfully tepid today. Sure, cameras capture the bludgeoning of a pig and the force-feeding of a goose, but most of the scenes of "shock and horror" border on stupid. We're talking scenes of drunken Germans staggering home the morning after a bender, a car crushing junkward, and old women dancing. This is not Faces of Death. Some of this is documentary footage, some is re-enacted. God knows why.

Shock cinema historians may find some amusement here (and in the umpteen sequels that followed -- an eight-disc DVD collection is available), but average cinemagoers will be confused and bored, while shock seekers will come away deeply disappointed.

As a side note, believe it or not, the film is an Oscar nominee: for Best Song. The DVD case conveniently says it's an Oscar winner, just a slight exaggeration in a film that's full of them.

Cast & Crew

Director : , , Franco E. Prosperi


Comments

Mondo Cane Rating

" Grim "

Rating: NR, 1962

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Beyonce and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tease Us With Tantalising 15 Second Teaser Clip [Video]

Beyonce teased us all over the weekend, when she shared a 15 second...

Beyonce and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tease Us With Tantalising 15 Second Teaser Clip [Video]

Robert Downey Jr Crowned King of the Box Office

With an estimated income of $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014, Downey Jr...

Robert Downey Jr Crowned King of the Box Office

George Clooney On Getting That Tabloid Apology And Why He Had To

Ahead of his wedding to Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney has...

George Clooney On Getting That Tabloid Apology And Why He Had To

A Short History of Forgotten Destiny’s Child Member Farrah Franklin

Farrah Franklin, the forgotten fourth member of Destiny’s Child, found herself...

A Short History of Forgotten Destiny’s Child Member Farrah Franklin

Sons of Anarchy Final Season: Charlie Hunnam Spills Details

Speaking at the Television Critics Association preview night on Monday, lead actor...

Sons of Anarchy Final Season: Charlie Hunnam Spills Details

Vin Diesel Talks This Summer's Weirdest Bromance

Yet in conversation with Access Hollywood, Diesel summed up the relationship between...

Vin Diesel Talks This Summer's Weirdest Bromance
Advertisement

Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart Single Review

There's a new boyband on the UK pop scene who have somehow managed to storm single charts...

Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart Single Review

RIP Krusty the Clown? His 10 Best Moments

Krusty the Clown may have chucked his last chuckle and played his last Itchy and Scratchy...

RIP Krusty the Clown? His 10 Best Moments

Bachelorette No Longer: Ashley And JP Rosenbaum Find Out Sex Of Baby On Live TV

After being on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, some people like to retire...

Bachelorette No Longer: Ashley And JP Rosenbaum Find Out Sex Of Baby On Live TV


More recommendations

Advertisement