Africa, Addio!

Africa, Addio!

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A three-year documentary odyssey through the bloody social upheaval of 1960s Africa, this film from the directors of Mondo Cane is just as unflinching as its predecessor in its visual catalogue of atrocities but has some substance to back it up. Topics include the violent civil war in the Congo, the final days of colonial rule in Kenya, revolutions in Zanzibar and Angola, racial strife in Dar es Salaam, the Bahuti slaughter of the Rwandan Watusi, and the mass extermination of thousands of animals in game enclaves. The considerable political content was greatly reduced when exploitation maven Jerry Gross released the film in America several years later as Africa, Blood and Guts, a version running almost an hour shorter than the original and emphasizing gore over historical perspective; to make things really confusing, the 2008 DVD reissue contains the original 138-minut version but was slapped with the title of the re-edit.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2008
UPC: 0827058101493
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Blue Underground
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:08:00
Sales rank: 34,540

Special Features

Theatrical trailers; TV Spot; Poster & Still gallery; U.S. Press Book (DVD-ROM)

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Africa Blood & Guts (Aka Africa Addio)
1. Program Start (Main Titles) [1:25]
2. Spirit Of Uhuru [4:19]
3. The Last Governor [3:38]
4. A New Education [2:59]
5. Role Reversal [3:48]
6. The White Highlands [3:23]
7. Hard Labor For Life [6:35]
8. Farm For Sale [3:57]
9. Agrarian Reform [6:16]
10. African Fauna [7:05]
11. The Wildlife Society [7:53]
12. Angolan Rebels [5:07]
13. Rwanda's Conflict [3:39]
14. Zanzibar Upset [6:59]
15. The Game Reserve [4:24]
16. South African Girls [8:39]
17. Zulu Rock [5:07]
18. King Of Beasts [6:04]
19. Tanganyika [3:31]
20. Congolese Affairs [6:03]
21. Soldiers Of Fortune [3:38]
22. Gold & Diamonds [13:47]
23. End Credits [7:10]

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Africa, Addio! 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ChandlerSwain More than 1 year ago
"Africa Blood & Guts", a retitling of "Africa, Addio", is a follow-up by the "documentarians" who produced the popular "Mondo Cane". This film catalogues in graphically hideous detail the slaughter of animals and humans alike. Lengthy sequences supposedly give an historical context to rebel fights in the Congo culminating in the execution of a political prisoner, and the film was swept with controversy, at the time of it's original release, with charges that the filmmaker's rather blatantly taunted the soldiers into commiting the execution for the camera. (What then is the validity of the filmmaker's "journalistic" context, except perhaps the engineering of the world's first true snuff film?). Lengthy sequences decrying the wholesale slaughter of animals are shocking and thought-provoking for awhile, but they go on and on and on, with the repetition becoming nausea inducing. Too crudely sledgehammer in it's approach to raise awareness of the scope of the depicted outrages, and with very suspect methodology in it's journalistic motives, the film ultimately succeeds in little except to raise your lunch from your stomach. The presentation by Blue Underground is spotless in it's 'scope visuals and is presented uncut in it's original form (though in English, not in the original Italian), despite being titled with it's truncated American-release title.