In Rome, when Easter is approaching, hundreds and hundreds of chicks are immersed in a colored bath and locked up to dry in a 50 degree oven. They are selected, tested and multicolored guaranteed, and they are ready to be locked up in the Easter eggs. It is unfortunately estimated that out of every 100 chicks that undergo this treatment, about 70 end up being victims of some unpleasant accident.

(PAPP) Mondo Pazzo

So, by popular demand (Chris Lawless & Dave Kendricken), here’s my final paper for my Literature and Film class. The assignment called for a 6-8 page review on a foreign language film of our choice. My paper turned out to be 13 pages.

Forgive the length and the esoteric nature of the thesis and topic. If you manage to read the entire thing, I hope it was entertaining.

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//La donna nel mondo–Gualtiero Jacopetti, 1963

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This is pretty shocking. I don’t know if this is the face of Africa that people sees more often. I’ve never been there but i like to invest my time searching more to know about this continent and even though has always been in trouble, artisticly and culturaly is a source of inspiration for my work and I admire them.

Tribal wars, racism, canibalism, insurrections, hunting, burning and other shocking stuff is what this documentary directors are showing to people all over the world since 1963. Maybe the purpose of the Mondo films genre is to create some huge and deeper reaction on people about the things going on in the world, but my questions are:

Do this images are an identic picture of the whole African situation-of-all-times in general or this is just a look to a bad memory about what was going on by the 60’s in this continent?

What is the real purpose of the Mondo Films Genre? Educate in a shocking way or just get their credits and give for free some worldwide bad publicity?

Wich one of the pictures do you think people will remember the most? The ugly ones or the beautiful ones?

This kind of productions sometimes confuses me, I love cinema and I also love African culture, but this material really gets me a lot to think about. I’d like to hear some african opinions about this documentary. Please check it.