Mondo Cane

"It enters a hundred incredible worlds where the camera has never gone before!"

The first of a series of pseudo-documentaries about world travel made in the 60s and 70s by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, Mondo Cane, which translates in English to 'A Dog's World,' documents the cultural customs and traditions of people all over the world, with an emphasis on provocative imagery, the purpose of animals in society, and bizarre rituals.

The film unfolds as a series of vignettes that are seemingly unrelated, though at times the juxtaposition of certain scenes appears to be intended to make a societal point. Scenes shown include the ritualistic slaughter of animals, religious rituals and dances, the after effects of contamination on animals, people in different countries visiting beaches, religious self-flagellation, and the cleaning of skeletal remains.

Some of the footage is thought to have been staged for the cameras, while other footage is unquestionably authentic. Throughout the film, a narrator offers commentary on the scenes.

| 1962 | 1 hr 45 min | 6.5/10
Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara
Mondo Cane

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