Minggu, 08 Mei 2011

Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi - Mondo Cane 2 (1963)

Jacopetti and Prosperi's follow up seems to be made up of leftovers from the first film. This time out we're privy to the backstage antics of a group of French female impersonators, Mexican children eating out of the skulls of the dead and feasting on the replicated innards of a corpse while celebrating the Dio De Los Muertos, a photo shoot in which scantily clad women are photographed in various states of injury for the covers of 'thrillers.'

There's plenty of animal violence in this entry as well, including a scene of dogs undergoing surgery to have their vocal chords removed so that they won't bark or howl when the undergo vivisection. The Chinese fighting fish, that will, when set in a tank together, go at it until one or both of them are dead, are given the chance to show their stuff, much to the amusement of the group of children watching the bout. An African, which doesn't have much variety in their diet due to the poverty stricken conditions in which they live in, are shown dining on the innards of a crocodile.

Probably the most notorious scene in the second film though, is the one in which a militant Vietnamese government beats on rioting civilians, leading into a scene in which a monk douses himself in gasoline and lights himself on fire, burning to death, as the ultimate protest. Though it was later found out that this scene was in fact faked, it's a convincing effect and even armed beforehand with the knowledge of it's authenticity (or lack thereof), it's still a powerful and disturbing scene, especially considering that it was based on a well known real life event.

And much like the first entry, Mondo Cane 2 has it's share of odd religious and ceremonial practices as well. A group of estranged Catholics wail in an deconsecrated church for no known reason, though local speculation gives weight to the theory that they may be doing it because they've been bitten by tarantulas, which are the devil incarnate. We see some unusual funeral rites from Spain, some men running across hot coals in Eastern Asia, and the Sardinian Festival of Hard Heads, in which the men of the town run their heads into a garage door in an attempt to knock it down. And then there's the strippers who are clothed only in colored toilet paper and later hosed down with seltzer bottles by the patrons of an unusual establishment.

Probably the most disturbing aspect of the film though is the inspection of devices used in Africa to imprison children, and the all too real effects that these devices have had on some of the victims.

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